Organizers of Mission: Thanksgiving have made the donation system as efficient as possible for the 21st annual event Friday at Arrow Ford.
Here's what donors need to know to easily and quickly contribute to Love & Care Ministries' drive to collect goods for people experiencing homelessness or in need.
Drivers headed eastbound on South First Street near the Ford dealership, 4001 S. First St., are advised to take precautions because of the added traffic during the donation hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Courtney Pruett, left, helps unload a car during Mission: Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at Arrow Ford.
Where do I donate?
Traffic will be directed to flow one way through the Arrow Ford parking lot. Enter the far west entrance to the parking lot and follow directions to the area where volunteers will unload the donations from the vehicles.
What is needed?
Canned goods, clothing, sleeping bags, blankets and more. When possible, items should be bagged instead of boxed for easier loading into the semi-trailers.
Can I donate money?
Volunteers can accept cash, checks and credit card donations.
"We just started that (electronic donations) last year, and it worked out pretty good. We had several people who came through who did that," said Carolyn Hewitt, office manager for Love & Care Ministries.
I live outside Abilene. Are there other locations to donate?
Mission: Thanksgiving will be taking place at the same time at Love & Care Ministries' facilities in Clyde, 605 S. First St., and Merkel, 906 N. Third St.
By Laura Gutschke
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