Shoppers encouraged to donate for Share Your Thanksgiving initative

A staggering 41,000 people across the region struggle with food insecurity but WTHI along with Catholic Charities and many community partners are working to change that statistic.

Posted: Nov 7, 2017 9:46 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2017 11:27 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A staggering 41,000 people across the region struggle with food insecurity but WTHI along with Catholic Charities and many community partners are working to change that statistic.

The Share Your Thanksgiving Food Drive has been a staple of charitable giving in the Wabash Valley for 29 years.

Baesler's Market is one of nearly 50 locations folks can donate food to feed the hungry this holiday season.

Shoppers are encouraged to take some of the items from the check-out line and drop them in the barrel before leaving the store.

Staff at Baesler's say there is a good sale going on so shoppers can pick up several canned food and nonperishable items to donate.

The donations got to Catholic Charities and are dispersed to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Checks can be made to Catholic Charities and the money will be used to buy food.

John Etling of Catholic Charities Terre Haute says, "The ability to provide for others returns something to us that you can go out and purchase and find on the shelf in a retail establishment but what you do know it that you're giving love and that expression of love I think is pretty well represented in our community."

Everyone is encouraged to donate. While giving during the holidays is great, a spokeswoman with Catholic Charities says people are hungry year round.

You can donate this Thursday at the WTHI-TV station at 8th Street and Ohio Street.

A full list of participating locations can be found here.

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