Last updated: November 18. 2013 11:30AM - 504 Views
Andy Simmons Staff reporter

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and families everywhere are hitting grocery stores everywhere in order to prepare their planned feasts.

Some families, however, cannot afford a large thanksgiving meal. That’s where the local food closets around Troup County come into play.

In West Point, the money for their food closet is raised by local churches that go toward stocking the shelves.

“The food closet can do so much with our dollars. It is a great ministry,” said Gil McGinnis, pastor of the West Point First United Methodist Church.

McGinnis has come up with a rather unique way that not only raises money, but keeps members of the church informed of their favorite college football teams.

“We are currently (during the month of November) having a contest in our church to raise money for the food closet. Members can make a contribution in increments of $1 or more and give it in honor of their favorite collegiate football team,” McGinnis said.

“Each week I give an email and newsletter update. I write it like a sports column. It has been a fun way to raise some money for a wonderful cause. Right now we are up to about $700.”

Much of the food and money for the food closet in LaGrange comes from donations as well.

LaGrange Personal Aid, a nonprofit organization associated with United Way of West Georgia, has already begun preparations for their food closet in wake of the upcoming days leading up to Turkey day.

“We do have someone who has donated a few Thanksgiving meals,” said Barbara Hand, who is the head director of the food closet here in LaGrange.

“We’re trying to help veterans, people that have been out of work and are having medical problems, those who are having financial problems.”

Like West Point, the LaGrange food closet gets a majority of its donations from the local churches.

“We usually hear from the church in July,” said Paul Stedman, the executive director of LaGrange Personal Aid.

“We start planning way ahead of time. We’re very grateful to the churches that support the food closet.”

Stedman also emphasized that donations to the food closet are always welcome.

“Either monetary donations or canned food items that are in date,” Stedman said.

“We’re always in need of food to give out to people.”

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