Food Drive; Red Ribbon Week
A food drive that provided over 300 holiday food boxes to Lawrence County families in 2020 wraps up at the end of next week.
Churches and schools have collected specific items during October for the Family Resource Center’s Second Annual Food Drive, but the campaign is extended through Friday, November 5 to give everyone an opportunity to give. Donations can be dropped off at the J.C. Barnett Center, 700 Mahr Avenue, Lawrenceburg. Items needed include:
Macaroni & cheese
Pasta & pasta sauce
Canned soups & chili
Non-perishable breakfast items
Non-perishable snack items
Canned corn & green beans
Hygiene items, which are needed year-round
Monetary donations are also welcome and will be used to purchase food.
Food boxes will be distributed when schools close for Christmas break, helping families offset costs that increase because children are home for the holidays.
Like last year, each school is responsible for identifying families in need of food assistance and referring them to the Family Resource Center. Early numbers indicate there could be more who are in need this year than last, said FRC Director Katie Brazier.
Red Ribbon Week
Lawrence County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s staff and volunteers work hard all the time and that is especially true this week, recognized nationally as Red Ribbon Week. It is designed to bring awareness to the destruction that drugs cause in our community and our families, and to encourage youth to remain drug-free.
LCSAP kicked off the local observance with a full day on Saturday. They first sponsored a drug take-back/drug lockbox distribution event at WLX Saturday morning, then joined the “Spook Around Downtown” event on the Square to give candy to kids and information to parents.
Red Ribbon Week activities are going on all week in our schools. Dr. Monty Burks, Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, joined LCSAP at Summertown High School Monday morning to share his own story of addiction and recovery. Your children are being asked to dress up in some out-of-the-ordinary ways to draw attention to the drug-free message.
If you have hoped for “teachable moments” to engage your kids in conversation about substance abuse, this is your week. The door has been opened by LCSAP and our schools. Please take advantage of the opportunity while you have it.