SWEDESBORO — In 1983, Kings Things was established by five local churches that included Bethesda United Methodist, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic (now St. Clare of Assisi) and Trinity Episcopal. It is a non-profit business that helps people with a variety of issues.
During this time of year, one of its primary missions is to give food to those in need and during these difficult economic times. It’s a need that is arising more and more for families in the Swedesboro/Woolwich area.
As the need for food continues to rise each month, Kings Things hopes its food pantry can continue to meet the needs of the hungry beyond the Holiday season. Donations of non-perishable items such as peanut butter, jelly, canned goods, pancake mix and syrup, bread stuffing, dried potatoes, soups, etc. are gratefully accepted throughout the year.
The first step in the process of applying for food is not complicated or time consuming. It’s just a matter of going to Kings Things and filling out a simple form. The registration is done at a desk in a private room and takes only a few minutes. Your privacy is maintained at all times.
The annual gift and food drive begins the last Saturday in November and runs until the week ending Dec. 14. Volunteers are set to give their time and talents to handle donations when they will be sorted, packed, and delivered to the community.
For more information, please call 467-1796. If you would like to donate a wrapped gift for a child or Senior Citizen, age and gender specific tags are available at the participating churches.
In celebration and preparation for the Season, volunteers will be caroling on Dec. 6 and 13 in front of the store on Kings Hwy.
We are extremely grateful to Fr. David Grover, Pastor of St. Clare of Assisi for the use of their church hall. The schedule for 2014 is as follows: Monday, Dec. 15 -Food Sorting; Tuesday Dec.12-16 – Food Purchasing; Wednesday, Dec. 17 – Packing; Thursday, Dec.18 – Gift Sorting; Saturday, Dec. 20 – Delivery.
King Things also offers low price seasonal clothing for adults and children. It also offers toys, books, and many miscellaneous items. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Kings Things may also meet needs for power and fuel when short term emergencies occur.
Last year the Christmas Program helped 240 families enjoy the holidays.
This year’s program will be directed by Mary Beth Rambler. Donations from businesses, churches, and schools will be picked up by Bob Reistle and George Ireland.
Kings Things wishes to thank everyone who gives of their time and efforts to this project. A Blessed Christmas and very Happy New Year to the entire community.