The FSA and Social Services help bring Christmas cheer

Together, the Adams County Farm Service Agency Office and Adams County Social Services Office are putting together their eighth annual food and toy drive. The organization’s drive will accepts children’s toys and non-perishable food items to help local families in need during the holidays.

Frank Turner

“The food drive is a way that we, as a government agency, can do an outreach program for the community. FSA coordinates and advertises the drive and the Adam’s County Social Services Office helps distribute the donations to the right people.” Brook Kessel, the FSA county executive director said.

“The idea for of the FSA and Social Services to come together was one that came together in the office, but this year Kristi Akers is the one who has really taken the project and ran with it.”

Donations to this point have been slow, however there is still plenty of time in the drive to donate. Last year, according to the FSA, the drive collected 54 toys and 267 food items. With the donated items, the Social Services Office was able to make twenty-five baskets for families in need across Adams County.

“This year we hope to make thirty baskets,” said Adams County Social Services director, Cheryl Dix, “People here are very generous and we will take what we can get. I’ve never seen a community pull together like Hettinger does during the Holidays.”

Last year, the two organizations also received monetary donations. The monetary donations from the drive were then used to help people throughout the year. The money helped individuals purchase gas, hotels, dental work, and other immediate need.

“Sometimes there aren’t any specific funds for on the spot emergencies, which is why this donated money is so helpful for people in a pinch,” said Dix.

If you are compelled to be a part of the community that pulls together for the holidays, stop by the Adams County Farm Service Agency Office. Donations are accepted through Thursday December 13, 2018.