Cullman Caring for Kids: Community responding, more needed

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Pastor Malcolm Carter of Temple Baptist Church this week delivered hundreds of pounds of food donated by his congregation.  (Photo courtesy of Cullman Caring for Kids)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Tribune Tuesday checked in with the staff at Cullman Caring for Kids (CCK) to see how the restocking of the agency’s shelves was progressing. 

CCK Director Javon Daniel shared, “We’ve had some donations come in, food donations, and we’ve had some monetary donations come in.  We could always use more.  I mean I’m not saying that we’ve got enough, by any stretch of the imagination.  But people are responding, and we really, really appreciate it very much.”

Daniel noted a large donation of “several hundred pounds” of food by Temple Baptist Church Monday, and sizable donations by individuals who wished to remain anonymous.

Assistant Director Nancy Bryant said all items are still in short supply, but critical shortages include peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, cereals and other children’s breakfast foods.  Additional continuing needs include crackers, fruit, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, tomato paste, canned pasta, canned or packaged tuna, Hamburger Helper, mustard and ketchup and canned soups.

Said Bryant, “We’ve had a good response.  I mean, it’s been a great response this time.  (We) got a few online donations, and we’ve got people just walking in and just bringing in money and people coming in and bringing in food. It’s been really, really good.”

Brookdale Assisted Living in Hanceville has announced a canned food drive through Friday morning of this week. It will deliver its donations Friday afternoon.

Bryant said, “I’d just like to thank our community for pulling together and helping us to support the families in need.  Every time there’s a need here at CCK, this community pulls together and makes it happen, and we have food back on the shelf.  We are very grateful to these people that support us in all kinds of ways.”

To find out how to donate, or to get more information, visit www.cullmancaringforkids.com or call  256-739-1111.  Monetary or food donations can be made at the CCK office at 402 Arnold St. NE, Suite W-1.

Chick-fil-A Mobile App Spirit Day coming up

On Tuesday, July 30, Cullman Chick-fil-A (CFA) will host a “Mobile App Spirit Day” on behalf of CCK. When orders are placed at the Cullman store via the CFA app any time that day, a portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to CCK.

The CFA app is available from Apple’s App Store for iOS devices at https://apple.co/2xGchki and for other devices from Google Play at http://bit.ly/2NKUIdW.  

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