"Anything But Routine" Helping For The Holidays
As I mentioned in the season 3 trailer, because this season of "Anything But Routine" is airing during the holidays, it only seems right that we - you listeners and me producer - do something to help others have a good holiday, whichever holiday they might celebrate. I've been kicking around a few ideas for the last couple of months - some went nowhere, others fell through - but I'm pleased to announce that everything is in place to help an organization that helps many, not just during the holiday season but year-round.
The Franklin Street United Methodist Food Pantry, located in my hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is the oldest continuous food pantry in the Johnstown area; it began during the flood of 1977 and has been going ever since. The director told me that they provide assistance to those who need it throughout the year, but that those numbers multiply in November and December. Spoiler alert: the food pantry, and its director, will be spotlighted in an upcoming episode of "Anything But Routine," but I didn't want to wait until then to share the details of how you can help even if you don't live in the area.
The food pantry covers downtown Johnstown and also helps with nearby areas. They provide nonperishable food as well as bread, eggs, and meat, and they also provide toiletries and paper products. They assist, on average, 200 households a month, with a total of more than 400 people - and that's only during the year itself. As the director said, the level of need increases during the holiday months, so there's no such thing as too many supplies. When supplies run low, the pantry purchases the items they need so they can distribute those items to those who *can't* buy them themselves. Anything we can give, anything at all, will help them.
The food pantry accepts donations of both food and money, and people can donate both in person and via mail, so even if you live nowhere near Johnstown, you can still help. In terms of food goods, they're currently low on canned fruit, but anything anyone would like to donate is extremely helpful. They're also in need of soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and any paper items.
The Franklin Street U.M Food Pantry is located at the church itself. If you live locally and would like to drop something off, you may do so at the church office at 510 Locust Street, Johnstown, PA, 15901, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00am-12:00pm. If you would like to send a check, you may send it to this address, with the check made out to "United Methodist Human Services" - be sure to write "Food Pantry" on the memo line.
Please share this blog post and spread the word, and please consider donating what you can. Let's represent what "Anything But Routine" stands for and help others in need.
Have a great weekend!