National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week set

By Wayne Allen

November 17, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Every year the week before Thanksgiving is designated as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Locally, the Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps and the Scioto County Homeless Shelter have events planned.

According released information from the Scioto County Homeless Shelter, “As cold weather begins to settle in, our thoughts turn to the winter holiday season, good food, family, friends, gifts and love from across the miles…but the holiday season for many suffering families is just another day of misery trying to keep warm and provide a roof and a little something to feed the kids. Please pray for us as we endeavor to aid those in dire need, not just during the holiday season, but all year around.”

One of the larger events the homeless shelter will hold next week is their annual homeless rally.

The event will be held at the shelter, 615 Eighth Street in Portsmouth on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

According to event organizers, the event is designed to help heighten awareness and generate concern about the reality of homelessness.

“During the week of Nov. 17-23 we are requesting the individuals and families at each meal they sit down to eat, that they place two cents, or $2 if you can afford it in a jar or container and at the end of the week, take the container to the shelter. It may not seem like a lot, but collectively we can make a difference if we all do our part,” Maureen Cadogen, Director of the Scioto County Homeless Shelter said.

Cadogen said, Friday, Nov. 22 is “Skip A Meal Day.”

“Instead of purchasing lunch that day, pack yourself a sandwich and donate the money that you would have spent on lunch to the homeless shelter to benefit hungry and homelessness in out area,” Cadogen said.

The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps has gotten permission from the Kroger stores in Portsmouth, Wheelersburg and Waverly to start ringing for their annual red kettle campaign a week early (during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week). All of the money raised during the week will be used to support their food programs.

“These food programs include the community meals, our food pantry and our childrens programs,” said Lydia Smith a spokeswoman for the Portsmouth Salvation Army.

According to the Salvation Army’s Facebook page, it takes .63 cents to feed a hungry person a meal from their food program.

The Portsmouth Salvation Army will hold its annual kick-off celebration for the Red Kettle Campaign on Friday, Nov. 22 starting at 4 p.m. at the Portsmouth Kroger.

Smith encouraged everyone to come be a part of the kick-off celebration.

“Santa will be a part of the kick-off. We will be serving hot chocolate from our disaster canteen and we are looking to have some musicians involved.” Smith said.

For more information about The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps call 740-353-2400 or visit them on Facebook.

For more information about the Scioto County Homeless Shelter call 740-353-4085.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.