Local residents who want to keep warm this winter while helping feed the needy have a chance to do both at the same time.
Country Keepsakes Quilting is organizing a donation program to benefit Brookings Harbor Community Helpers Food Share, the local food bank.
Michelle Fallert, co-owner of the shop, made a long-arm quilt with a Verona pattern that she will give to someone in a drawing on Dec. 16. Those vying for the prize will get one ticket for every three cans of food they bring to the store at 800 Chetco Ave. between now and Dec. 15.
Laurie Mitts, Michelle's daughter who also works at the store, said the Brookings Harbor food bank is "in dire straits." Country Keepsake owners will transport donations to the food bank as they are received to help alleviate hunger as quickly as possible.
"We need to take care of our community," Mitts said.
Julie Davis, executive director of Brookings Harbor Community Helpers Food Share, said it's human nature to be giving during the holiday season. But by February, the food bank's supplies will be thin so gifts such as the quilt program are especially welcome, she said.
"It is so thoughtful and caring," Davis said.'
She said the food bank signed up more than 100 new clients last month. That brought to 1,085 the number of new clients added during the year.
Food Share has given out 2,756 food boxes to serve 9,072 people since Jan. 1, Davis said.
The colorful quilt measures 76 inches by 90 inches. It is on display at County Quilting next to large containers where non-perishable food may be deposited.