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Labor of Love ministries holds toy and food drive

Published 10:22am Saturday, December 1, 2012

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and one local group is kicking off December with a food and toy drive.

The Labor of Love Ministries is holding its 12th Annual Toy and Food Drive today at 5 p.m. at the Early Rose District Center and will include a gospel extravaganza, according to event coordinator Georgia Staples.

“Those that God has blessed, it’s our job to give back to the community,” Staples said.

The speaker for the gospel extravaganza will be Bruce Williams. Song service will be by Ruth Burns and the Harmonettes, Anthony Anderson and the Spiritual Wonders, the Greater Works Singers and many more. Attendees should bring new toys and new and gently used clothing and non-perishable food items to be given to those in the community who need it.

“Last year we were a little bit slack because sometimes people get reluctant to give,” Staples said. “But we were still blessed by God.”

Staples said they need help from everyone who is able to give, because they redistribute it on a first-come, first-served basis until everything has been given away.

“I see the people in our community – jobs in some areas have downsized, and it’s begun to cause people to be in lack,” Staples said. “If we help them along the way, that will encourage them that somebody cares. Sometimes all people need is just a little encouragement.”

Applications to receive aid will also become available today. Staples said people should call 256-307-4354 and be prepared to provide their name, address, phone number, children’s names and genders and church affiliation.

Other contact numbers include 256-234-7533 and 256-307-7775.

Distribution will take place Dec. 22.

For more information on the event, call Staples at any of the included contact numbers.