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Homer Congregational Church preschoolers visit Tiny Hughes at the Homer United Methodist Church food pantry Thursday in Homer.

Littlest in Homer provide a hand

By KATIE KEYSER
Living and Leisure Editor

Tiny Hughes said there are more people getting free food this year than last from the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry.
“I had 14 families come in two weeks ago! That surprised me. But we did it. We got them supplied,” said the manager of the pantry.
So when the children at the Homer Nursery School next door at the Homer Congregational Church trooped in with more donations Thursday, she was thrilled.
“I think it’s wonderful for the little guys to do something like that for us. You are never too old or too young to give to the needies,” she said.
Nineteen children in the half day school for 3 to 5 year olds, staffed by Lisa Clark, director, and two teachers, carried food over to the pantry Thursday. Parent volunteer Kristen Hayes pushed a cart with a box full of food. “The kids did great!” Hayes said.
“We do this every year,” said Clark.
Staff erect a tree and place an empty box and explain to the children there are families out there who need food.
“We’re trying to help them out ... I send out a newsletter to parents to let them know. We get as much food as we can in December,” Clark said.
The small school, which runs three days a week, has been in existence over 30 years, she said.

 

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