Coleridge group conducts successful food drive

COLERIDGE — It’s a tradition that has been going strong here for over 30 years, now.

The Coleridge Christians Caring group was started in 1986 and is an ecumenical organization that includes all three churches in Coleridge.

The group comes together with one goal in mind — to help others in the community.

One of the ways they help out is by organizing the food bank and food drives in Coleridge.

This most recent drive stemmed from an offer from Thrivent Financial to match the group’s effort. “If we could get people to donate

“If we could get people to donate 500 pieces of food, gather them and take a photo, then we will be awarded $500 from Thrivent,” said JoAnn Rathgeber, a member of the Coleridge Christians Caring.

The group distributed 19 food boxes on Dec. 17 to the Coleridge and Belden area.

“We have received food and finances from people in the area and appreciate that so much,” Rathgeber said.

A box was set up at Ken’s Food Market for donations. The Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Middle School students had a food drive in connection with this effort. Confirmation students worked on the project and their help was appreciated a great deal, Rathgeber said.

“We just want everyone to know how much we appreciate those who have become involved and even sent food and funds for this effort,” Rathgeber said.

The food bank is located inside Coleridge’s Immanuel Lutheran Church basement.

Individuals can make an appointment or come to the food bank during one of the half days it is open. The food bank is open the first Tuesday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. and the third Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Beth Fiscus made the poster with the food. Her work was also an answer to a need for this project that has been met with so much appreciation.

“Beth Fiscus used her Cricut machine to make the poster which turned out well,” she said. “A lot of people were included in this effort and we want to make sure they realize how thankful we are for their help.”

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