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Community Day to Serve places spotlight on feeding the hungry

Sep. 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Saturday, Sept. 29, has been designated a regional Day to Serve focused on feeding the hungry, with faith-based organizations, community groups, civic organizations and citizens urged to join in.

The day is a partnership between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the governors of Maryland and Virginia, and the mayor of Washington D.C.

Opportunities in Cabell and Wayne counties include donating your time on Saturday, but also donating food, hygiene items and other supplies. Here are the local organizations listed on the Day to Serve website at www.daytoserve.org:

The Wild Ramp local food market, 304-523-RAMP

Christian Motorcycle Association and Marshall Medical Outreach, 304-634-7574

Huntington Area Food Bank, 304-523-6029

LifeBridge AmeriCorps/VetCorps, 304-340-3500

Communities Helping Communities, 304-429-6167

Adopt-A-Highway Statewide Cleanup (various locations), 800-322-5530

Family Fun Kickoff/Education Matters at Enslow Middle School, 304-523-8929, ext. 4

Buskirk Field at Marshall University, in conjunction with the Huntington Area Food Bank, 304-523-6029

Habitat for Humanity, 304-558-2000

Milton Baptist Church youth and ladies group, the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts at Midland Meadows Senior Living in Ona, W.Va., 304-743-3461

Huntington City Mission, 304-523-0293

Milton Baptist Church Backpack Program, 304-743-3461

Eastern Cabell County Humanities Organization, 304-743-9238

Socks for Soldiers, http://socksforsoldiersinc.com/

National Make a Difference Day, http://www.usaweekend.com/section/mdday

Operation Christmas Child, http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/

Operation Shoe Box Soldier, http://www.operationshoebox.com/

4-H Horse Show, 304-486-5299

As part of the Day to Serve, the LDS Church will donate more than $200,000 to food banks recommended by the governors and mayor and is encouraging other faith-based groups to join them and offer similar contributions. The major food organization partners for the event include Huntington Area Food Bank and Mountaineer Food Bank in West Virginia.

"We are happy to be part of such a worthwhile project with such great potential to lift up those around us who are suffering," said SeungJin Lim, a professor at Marshall University and local LDS church leader. "We hope that all citizens of this region will catch the spirit of volunteerism and jump on board with us to make this a momentous event in this region of the country."

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