WEIRTON - The Weirton Salvation Army is gearing up for the observance of Make A Difference Day Oct. 27, and is in the process of holding a food drive as part its activities.
This year's theme is "Take a bag of nothing and make a bag of something."
"This is a day set aside to perform a service project as individuals or groups that will have a positive impact on the community," Brenda Greathouse, social services director, explained.
Assure America is among the local businesses helping the Salvation Army as part of its Make A Difference Day activities. Food donation bags are available at their Weirton office, located at 3546 Pennsylvania Ave. From left are Brenda Greathouse, social services for The Salvation Army; Lori Magnone, Assure America vice president of personal lines; Mike Orecchio; Bob Mohoroski, Assure America executive of accounting and surety; and Kay Sunyoger, Assure America senior executive of accounting and surety. -- Contributed
The Salvation Army has placed decorated grocery bags in area businesses to assist in the collection of food donations. The bag includes a listed of suggested food items needed in the Salvation Army's food pantry.
Among those businesses lending a hand to the Make A Difference Day activities are Assure America and Stained Glass Unlimited and Crafts. Collection bags are located at both businesses.
Assure America serves the community through three different locations and 16 employees. The Weirton office is located at 3546 Pennsylvania Ave. They are able to meet all types of insurance needs whether individual or business.
"We thank the staff of Assure America for assisting us in restocking our pantry and making a difference in our community," Greathouse said.
Stained Glass Unlimited, located at 402 Penco Road, Weirton, specializes in stained glass items. The shop also features homemade crafts, custom-made country furniture and jewelry. They also offer free appraisal. Repairs can also be done.
"We encourage our customers to stop in and donate food items for the decorated grocery bags placed in our store," owner Margaret Sharrow said. "We want to help the food pantry meet the needs of others."
Food donations can be delivered to the Weirton Salvation Army at 796 Cove Road. Residents also can schedule a collection of the bags by contacting the Salvation Army at (304) 748-3310.