“If they need some, they need to give us a call,” she said, but pointed out that what food was collected in Cave City will go to the food pantry at Pathfinders to help Cave City families.
The amount of food collected will be enough to serve families in need through Christmas.
“By the time we get through that and with the economy, it will be low again,” Haynes said. “But at least it’s going to get us that far.”
On average the Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County assists 550 to 600 families during the holidays.
“I feel like this year it’s going to be more. We just completed our back to school program. Last year we spent roughly $26,000 to $27,000. This year we spent over $38,000 in two weeks and that was only for school supplies and clothing through the Community Relief Fund.”
Monetary donations are a must to help families with utilities and rent and other needs, she said.
“There are so many things going on, especially with factory closures and layoffs. It’s amazing how many people are laid off right now,” Haynes said. “Unemployment (checks are) a good thing, but it does not start immediately. In the meantime, you could be without utilities. You need food. You may be evicted and then with Christmas coming up I feel like there’s going to be more of a need than any other Christmas we’ve had.”