Last updated: June 01. 2013 7:04AM - 173 Views
Whitney Weaver
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Many families in Ashe County live in poverty are struggling to feed their children, so the classic Christmas meal during which the family gathers around a table laden with their favorite holiday foods may be just a fantasy without the help of generous donations.

LifeStore Financial Group invites the public to help bring Christmas to these families by donating food items to help those in need.

When school is in session, school age children receive meals at school through the free and reduced lunch program. Once the Christmas break begins, many of these children will not have such meals, and will only be able to hope they have a meal for the Christmas holiday.

In conjunction with Ashe Outreach Ministries, LifeStore Bank and Insurance is collecting food items so Ashe County families in need can prepare a Christmas dinner. LifeStore asks you to show your support by dropping off non-perishable food items, suitable to serve for a holiday meal, at any LifeStore location between now and Dec. 19.

If you prefer to contribute money to go toward the purchase of needed items, there are collection cans inside LifeStore locations.

Help make a difference for those in need this holiday season. LifeStore and Ashe Outreach Ministries thank you for helping others enjoy this Christmas tradition.

Items like canned vegetables, potatoes or canned meats can go a long way in helping these families prepare a delicious Christmas meal. The following items are suggestions for donations:

• Canned vegetables

• Side dish ingredients (brown sugar, butter, flour)

• Marshmallows

• Canned cranberry sauce or jar of applesauce

• Canned pumpkin and piecrust mix

• Canned milk

• Canned ham

• Biscuit or roll mix

• Package of stuffing

• Prepared rolls (last week only)

• Cake mix and frosting

• Fresh items (apples, tangerines, potatoes, sweet potatoes, nuts)

• Non-perishable items that children can eat while home from school (granola bars, easy mac and cheese, cereal)

• Beverages (apple juice, tea bags with sugar, soda)

For more information, call 336-246-4344.

LifeStore Financial Group, headquartered in West Jefferson, provides banking, investment and insurance services. It is a federally chartered thrift holding company that owns 100 percent of the common stock of LifeStore Bank (Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender) and operates branches in Boone, Jefferson, Warrensville and West Jefferson.

LifeStore Insurance is an independent insurance agency that serves these markets along with Elkin, Lenoir, North Wilkesboro and Sparta.

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