Winter drives refuel holiday spirit in community

Submitted photo by Adele Argot Donated clothing is cheerfully accepted from a community member by Bashore's Kathy Lebo, left. The clothing will be donated to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethel.
Submitted photo by Adele Argot Clinton Sweigart, a Bashore employee, is ready to add to the food collection with a donation just received.The food wil be donated to the Bethel-Tulpehocken Council of Churches Food Pantry that is currently serving more than 100 families in the area.

“To help the community; to give back,” was the motivation of Barry Bashore, Inc. and staff to host a winter clothing, food and blood drive at the business site on Old Route 22 in Bethel on Dec. 14. Although snow was flying, by late mid-moring, community members and local businesses helped make the event a success as they gave blood, donated clothes and delivered food.

The winter clothing drive consisted of all winter clothing new or gently used including coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, turtlenecks, sweatshirts, pants, winter pajamas, shoes, boots and more. Collections were handled by Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethel.

Non-perishable food donations were collected and stayed in the area as they were donated to the Bethel-Tulpehocken Council of Churches Food Pantry that is currently serving 114 families in the area.

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Also on site was the Miller-Keystone Blood mobile to take blood donations. Donations were available by appointment or walk-in. All blood donations went to local hospitals.

“We had a very successful blood, food and clothing drive,” said Kathy Lebo, the contact person for the event, who delievered the donations Monday morning.