With just 11 days until Thanksgiving, many of us are spending this month giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. Some of us are looking for ways to express our gratitude by giving back.
For those who want to volunteer or donate in this season of giving thanks, here are some wonderful local charities and organizations that need help.
Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen is at 514 N. Old Statesville Road in Huntersville, behind New Friendship Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Ramah Church Road and N.C. 115. Angels & Sparrows opened in October 2008, with the help of more than 300 volunteers.
The organization fights hunger in Huntersville and adjacent towns of Cornelius and Davidson, as well as in the North Mecklenburg County unincorporated areas. Angels and Sparrows serves a nourishing lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday year-round to anyone who needs help. Delivery to homebound recipients is provided on a case-by-case basis. Angels and Sparrows works with Solomon House in Huntersville to determine the need for home deliveries.
Angels and Sparrows accepts monetary donations as well as food and other items from people, churches, businesses, grocery stores, local farms, farmers’ markets and home improvement stores.
Angels and Sparrows could use donations of these items:
• Canned stocks of all kinds (chicken, beef, vegetable)
• Canned fruit
• Canned vegetables (mixed veggies, corn, tomatoes, beans, cream soups of all kinds)
• Tea, gallon size
• Paper products (dessert plates, soup bowls, paper towels)
• Gift cards to any grocery store
• Freezer bags (gallon, quart)
Drop-off times for donations are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. To request a donation drop-off time by appointment, call 704-918-0122. Angels and Sparrows is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible. For information about Angels & Sparrows go to www.angelsandsparrows.org.
The Solomon House
The Solomon House, also located in Huntersville, provides a bi-lingual community center setting that focuses on holistic health. The organization also provides knowledge of and access to health and human services.
Programs include prenatal classes, parenting classes, preschool classes offered in struggling communities, diabetic education, individual counseling and referrals to other agencies.
The Solomon House is looking for volunteers to help as office assistants. For information about The Solomon House, call 704-875-0677.
Hope House Foundation
Also in Huntersville is the Hope House Foundation, which provides shelter, services and support for homeless women and their children. Hope House helps women with children get back on their feet and become independent adults and responsible, self-sufficient parents.
Volunteers are needed to help with transportation and errands, child care, literacy training, computer training, resume-writing skills, cooking classes, handyman services, gardening and yard work and administrative office assistance. For information, call 704-992-1902 or go to www.hopehousefoundation.org.
And Lydia’s Loft is located in a red-brick house on the campus of First Baptist Church of Huntersville. This organization provides free clothing to needy residents of the North Mecklenburg and South Iredell regions. Lydia’s Loft provides a place for residents who want donated clothing to go to those in need within their own community.
Donations of all types of clothing are collected at Lydia’s Loft and may be placed on the back porch of Lydia’s Loft at any time. Kitchen items, linens, and small household decorative items are also accepted.
New and gently used clothing of all sizes, shoes of all sizes are needed. Household items such as linens, dishes, cookware, flatware, glassware, lamps and small appliances are needed. All types of items related to babies.
For information about Lydia’s Loft go to www.fbc-h.org or call 704-948-7797.
Annette Calud is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Annette? Email Annette? Email her at email@example.com.
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