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Good Neighbors getting ready for distribution

December 15, 2018

With a few late additions, the Norfolk Area Good Neighbors expects to assist 128 families and individuals next week.

Tuesday will be the annual Distribution Day when volunteers deliver food boxes and gifts. Delivery will begin at 10 a.m. from St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Allene Johnson, director of Good Neighbors, said the number being assisted is consistent with past years. All the food has been ordered and the gifts are being organized so that delivery can be smooth.

Like usual, there are a range of households being assisted. Besides assisting the jolly old fat man with the white beard with his gift giving to children, the Good Neighbors helps a range of ages.

Some of the recent names who have been added include:

— A woman who has a good job but is currently off work. She has been disabled after having shoulder surgery. She is expected to be able to get back to work early next year. The woman will get a food box and received assistance with a rent payment.

— A single father who recently graduated from college and needs help obtaining gifts for his young daughter. The father is out of work, has a construction background and just obtained a lead on a job this week, so there may be good news coming. In addition, the child will receive gifts so there can be a joyous Christmas.

— Another man is an elderly veteran who sometimes gets food from the pantry. He has limited income and will get a food box after learning recently about Good Neighbors.

Johnson said sometimes people just need encouragement. They are afraid to ask for assistance for any number of reasons.

To receive assistance, applicants are screened. They are required to bring a photo ID, Social Security card and utility bill.

Applications also are verified with other agencies that provide assistance to avoid duplication and make sure assistance is spread to all those who need it.

Monetary donations to fund the program can be dropped off at the Daily News or sent to Good Neighbors, Box 1014, Norfolk, NE 68702.

Consistent with recent years, donations have been trickling in, with the bulk of the funds yet to arrive to meet this year’s goal of $75,000.

On Thursday, Good Neighbors had raised a little more than $17,000. One year ago on Dec. 13, the drive had raised a little more than $21,000.

Along with supplying Christmas gifts during the holiday season, the drive helps support the needy with such things as a utility bill or rent payment once a year.

The drive also helps to fund the Norfolk Food Pantry.

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