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Volunteers Needed for FOCUS' Thanksgiving Meal Effort

The Harris County Journal of Hamilton, Georgia

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Each year FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians United in Service)disributes Thanksgiving groceries to Harris county residents who cannot afford at raditional holiday meal.

2015 marks the 25th year of the Thanksgiving food program and 7OCUS will help more families than ever, with nearly 400 families expected to apply and qualify for Assistance.

Qualified applicants will receive Jood based on their family size.

Harris County residents may apply for Thanksgiving food at the FOCUS office in Hamilton Monday, November 2 through Saturday, November 7. FOCUS is open Monday-Friday 10-2 and Saturday 10-12.

People under age 65 must bring food stamps card and people over 65 must bring proof of monthly income. The FOCUS office is located in Hamilton (across the street and south of Wells Fargo).

Applicants will then receive a food ticket which must be redeemed when they return to pick up their groceries on Saturday, November 21.

Families will need to pick up their groceries at the Harris County Community Center at 7509 GA Hwy. 116 in Hamilton (just past St. Nicholas Episcopal Church on the right) on Saturday, November 21st between 9-11 a.m. Applicants who are unable to pick up their food will be able to apply for delivery to their homes.

FOCUS relies on dozens of volunteers to provide labor for this annual event and invites and encourages community members to participate by volunteering.

On Friday, November 20, FOCUS needs volunteers from 8:30 am-noon to bag food based on family size at the Harris County Community Center.

Food will be distributed on Saturday, November 21 and volunteers are needed to arrive at the Harris County Community Center between 8am-8:30am to prepare for crowd and parking control, to help the elderly take food to their cars', and clean up after the event.

If you'd like to volunteer please call:

Judy Westbrook at 706-663-4505 or email her at

Rhonda Howard at 321-945-4727 or email her at

For more information call the FOCUS office at 706-628-9955, or visit

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Original Publication Date: October 8, 2015

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