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One of Collective's own, Anthony DeFeo, wrote this blog article about the importance of The Neighborhood Center in Deland and how we can all help this year by bringing food to Collective's Candlelight Service, where a food drive will be held.
As Christmas approaches, many people look forward to sitting down to home-cooked meals with family and friends to celebrate. Unfortunately, the reality for too many people in DeLand and around West Volusia is very different. Some struggle to put any food on the table at all for themselves and their families
During this season of giving, help Collective and The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia feed our area's needy. Through Dec. 17th, Collective is collecting non-perishable food items - including peanut butter, canned meat, pasta and pasta sauce - to donate to The Neighborhood Center's food bank.
Interested in donating? You can drop items off at Collective, 111. S. Alabama Ave., during office hours. Come by Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A table for donations will be set up at Collective’s Candlelight Service in Chess Park on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.
“During the holiday season, it’s crucial that we get food to families because this is a time that kids are out of school,” said Waylan Niece, who works for The Neighborhood Center. “They’re not getting their lunches, or breakfast.”
“We don’t want anyone to be hungry during the holiday season, or ever,” he added. “It’s crucial, during the holiday season, that people tap into the spirit of giving and help out.”
The Neighborhood Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the homeless, feeding the needy and preventing homelessness in DeLand and throughout West Volusia. The center provides a variety of services to those in need, including housing programs and emergency assistance.
For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia and its programs, visit www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org
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