BREMEN — Organizers of the Project Help program are looking to the community to assist with putting food on the tables of German Township residents this holiday season. In it’s 31st year, the initiative was brought to life in 1981 when a group of locals decided they wanted to reach out to help their neighbors.
And while the holiday season brings the project to attention of area residents, the assistance goes on all year long. Some receive help with short-term emergency assistance with heating, electricity and rental payments. Only during the winter is a food drive held to make sure area families have full tables.
More than 110 area families benefited last year from the more than 200 boxes of food and supplies (and the monetary donations that purchased those items).
This year’s holiday food basket event will be held Dec. 14 and 15. Individuals, businesses and organizations may help in a number of different ways, all of which are crucial to the success of the project. Monetary donations help to purchase cold and bulk grocery items like ham, potatoes, pumpkin pie, bread, (which each family given a box receives). Non-perishables needed include canned vegetables and fruits.
Those that want to be involved can bring food donations to the Water Treatment Plant (one day only — items will not be stored or accepted otherwise) Friday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. If items need to be picked up call Fred or Laura Anderson at 574-546-3821 or 574-546-2630.
Monetary donations are being accepted at 1st Source Bank or can be mailed to Project Help, P.O. Box #1981, Bremen, IN, 46506. Volunteers are also needed to assist with to sorting and packing boxes as well as delivering and can call the Andersons for more information.
The project will be carried out Saturday, Dec. 15,when a team of volunteer drivers will deliver the boxes to the homes beginning at 9 a.m. The recipient must be home between 9 a.m. and noon for delivery or have previously made other arrangements.
Project Help is now putting together a list of names and addresses of people in German Township that have a financial need. Names, address and contact information can be dropped in a box at the Bremen Town Hall, mailed to Project Help at the above address, or can be arranged by contacting Ben or Kim Baker at 574-546-2685 or 574-546-4823 or Lana Zeltwanger at 574-209-2095. There is no financial form or qualifications that need to be met; the offerings are simply donations given to local families, seniors and singles on the basis the person requesting the help needs assistance.
The deadline is Dec. 1 to send family suggestions and letters have been mailed out to businesses and organizations in the area to persuade the giving spirit before Christmas.
The project is not funded by agencies like the United Way or Marshall County Community Foundation and rely solely on the donations of German Township residents who want to help other German Township residents.