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Ingles customers and Thrift Store working to provide holiday food

By Suellen Reitz, CTS Public Affairs Director

    As we enter the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving this week, each of us should stop for a moment and give thanks for the many blessings we have here in Pickens County. 

            With over 300 nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping county residents, we are truly blessed with a multitude of people with a servant’s heart for others.

      But still, there are needs that sometimes go unnoticed as we scurry about with our day to day activities.  Still there are some… with basic needs. 

            Thanks to the generous shoppers at Ingles Grocery Store, there is a gift of hope and love in the form of groceries. 

     More than 300 bags have been filled with a $5 donation from Ingles Customers to be given to Pickens residents that could use an extra bag of food. Items included are: muffin mix, mac & cheese, canned veggies, tuna, gravy mix, dried beans and rice. The bags are currently being distributed at the Community Thrift Store (CTS) and will be available through Christmas if Ingles Shoppers continue to purchase the bags.                              Ingles General Manager Jamie Bearden is very proud of the store customers.  “Last year we gave away around 500 bags for the entire season…. We just started and have already hit 300 plus”, he stated. Ingles customers are indeed generous. One customer asked to purchase 18 bags to be donated last week.  It truly is something to be thankful for.

            CTS President T. Sarge Bishop is excited to be participating with the food give away.  “We want to become a destination in Pickens County.  We are so much more than just a thrift store.  Taking part in the Holiday Food Give Away is just one more way of showing that”, he commented.

            Food bags are located in front of the store, located at 110 Samaritan Dr, Jasper, and can be picked up during store hours Monday – Saturday 10-2 p.m. 

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