Morgan County organizations ask for donations to help those in need



MORGAN COUNTY – Christmas is giving season, and many Morgan County organizations that help less fortunate year round are working double time this holiday season.

The Martinsville Red Barn is currently collecting lightly used toys, food, gloves, socks, blankets and other gifts for the Christmas baskets it will distribute.

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“We call it our little Red Barn pantry,” said store manager Patty Owens. “We mainly receive a lot of elderly and homeless people. We are really responding to a lot of homeless people, the need is incredible.”

Christmas baskets filled with food will be distributed to all who need it from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

“We give them enough to get by for a week, not just for their Christmas dinner, but enough to have more,” Owens said.

La Grange Rouge will continue to accept donations and distribute food and other essentials after this date.

Owens said the Red Barn is happy to accept any lightly used items as well as new ones, any items people are willing to donate will be put to good use.

“I know there are plenty of jobs, but we’re dealing with people… they don’t even have a roof over their heads, so how can they keep a job?” Owens said. “They are hungry and they are cold.

Owens said she puts on blankets, gloves, hats and socks so people can take them when needed.

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“When they’re wet, the blankets usually stand up, so we have to keep putting dry ones on them,” Owens said. “We’re not that big … we’re not government funded. I always say we’re just a bunch of old ladies helping the needy, and that has been our mission for years.”

Donations can be made directly to the Red Barn, located at 146 Morgan Street E in Martinsville.

Churches in mission

The Community Taxpayers Assn., Inc. made its annual Christmas gift to the Churches of Mission on December 1, 2021.

Churches in Mission has two locations in Morgan County, one at 27 S. Indiana St. in Mooresville, and another at 60 W. Pike St. in Martinsville. The organization is currently accepting new toys and clothing for its Christmas campaign.

Regular donations of lightly used items will be accepted in the New Year. Only new items are accepted at this time for use as Christmas gifts for families in need.

Donations of your time are also always welcome, as the mission always needs volunteers.

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“Help is always needed to sort food, pack food orders, sort donations and help customers,” said Susan Haynes, executive director of Morgan County churches at Mission.

The churches in Mission will also distribute food in their pantries as usual, but they will also distribute Christmas meals, clothing, toiletries and hygiene products, and offer toys and other gifts to the children. families in need of “shopping” for Christmas gifts.

Donations can be dropped off at any location.

WellSpring

WellSpring, located at 301 W Harrison St, Martinsville, also works diligently to provide for the homeless and needy in Morgan County.

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WellSpring is coordinating the one-time count in January for the county and will work with a number of other shelters in the county for this event.

“(It’s) basically a census of the homeless that is done every year through housing and urban development,” said Bob Goodrum, executive director of WellSpring. “We are going to go all over the county and look for homeless people to have them counted.”

Goodrum mentioned that water repellent gloves and hand and foot warmers are very necessary for this event.

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“We would much rather have one pair of water repellent gloves rather than 20 pairs of (Jersey cotton gloves),” Goodrum noted. “They get wet … and then they freeze, and that’s when we see frostbite, so waterproof gloves would be great.”

Goodrum also mentioned that they needed spices other than salt and pepper for the cooking classes they were offering at WellSpring.

“Right now we’re talking about Christmas a lot,” Goodrum said. “So allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon … they learn a trade but also have something to feed their families at night.”

Donations can be dropped off at their Martinsville location.

“We are always looking for volunteers, I know it is difficult when the number of Coviders increases,” added Goodrum. “But unfortunately, the need to have them continues to endure.”

Contact Reporter-Times reporter Grace Phillips at [email protected] or 765-346-4815


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