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COLUMN: Yearly opportunities to help our neighbors

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By Shannon Brock

As we approach Thanksgiving, I for one have plenty for which to be thankful and I hope that all of you do, too.
But the truth of the matter is that there are plenty of our neighbors that could use a hand up this year.
Luckily for them, there are plenty of opportunities to give and make someone else’s holiday season a little brighter.
I wrote a column similar to this one last year, but decided to do so again because this year’s needs are no less than last year’s. In fact, they may be greater.

SCMA Toy Sale
We ran some information last week regarding the Toy Sale sponsored by the Spencer County Ministerial Association.
The good news is, about 125 children are registered to participate. The not-so-good news is that as of Monday afternoon, only $1,600 had been collected to be split among those 125 children.
You can do the math and see that donations are still needed. Donate through Nov. 28 by mailing a check made out to the SCMA Toy Sale to Greg Taylor, 1286 Briar Ridge Road, Mount Eden, Ky. 40046, or call Taylor at 422-0020 or Jon Rohr at 477-2047 for more information.

Sheriff’s Shining Stars
The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department is currently collecting funds to support the second-annual Sheriff’s Shining Stars Christmas gift-giving program which benefits the children of local families.
The gifts will be presented to the children at a dinner for the children and their parents on Dec. 9, 3 p.m. at the Taylorsville-Spencer County Chamber of Commerce building.
Donations should be dropped by the sheriff’s department during business hours. For full details, see page A-12.

Shop with a trooper
The Kentucky State Police will host Shop with a Trooper this year. Trooper Ron Turley will head the effort up. All of the proceeds will benefit Spencer County children.
To donate, call Turley at 502-227-2221 or drop off monetary donations at The Tea Cup on Main Street. Checks should be made payable to KSP Post 12/Shop with a Trooper. Turley said donations are tax deductible and donors will be provided with a documentation letter upon request.

Toys for Tots
New, unwrapped toys are being collected at the following locations for Toys for Tots: The Spencer Magnet, Briar Ridge General Store, Citizens Union Bank, Dairy Queen, Dollar General Store (Taylorsville), Elite Family Dentistry, Elmar’s BP, The Family Diner, Fiesta Brava Restaurant, Knights of Columbus, O’Driscoll’s Spirits, Pappy Restaurant, The Peoples Bank (Taylorsville and Elk Creek), Ransdell Dentistry, Salt River Antique Power, Settlers Trace Lakeside, Spencer County Extension Service, Dollar General Store (Elk Creek), Spencer County Public Library, Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department, Tea Cup and VFW Post 11426.

Cram the Cruiser
One new opportunity this year in Spencer County is “Cram the Cruiser,” sponsored by the Taylorsville Police Department and Kentucky State Police Post 12 in Frankfort.
Two cruisers — a Taylorsville Police cruiser and a KSP cruiser are parked outside of Country Mart with the agencies’ goal of collecting enough food to fill them both, then deliver to families in need in the community.
To help, drop off non-perishable items at The Spencer Magnet, Hometown Pizza, Country Mart or The Tea Cup.

These are just a few of the opportunities of which we’ve been made aware.
If at all possible, please help someone else’s holiday be a little more filling or a little more enjoyable this year.
If you or an organization with which you are involved have giving opportunities to share, pass them along and we’ll do our best to get the word out.
Email me at editor@spencermagnet.com or call our office at 477-2239 ext. 24.
Happy Thanksgiving!