A local funeral home makes sure those in need have a turkey filled Thanksgiving.
Funeral Directors Ty Dierkes and Paige Wagner led a parade of employees holding the holiday staple as they loaded up a Christ's Table truck with fifteen birds. Each bird represents a funeral home employee or staff member.
"We like to give back to our community as best we can," explained Funeral Director Ty Dierkes. "The community has been very good to us, taking car of us all these...
The numbers at Christ's Table continue to rise despite the end of the summer season.
The organization is used to seeing higher numbers when school students are out for the summer. But, instead of the numbers decreasing with the start of the school year, the numbers continue to rise. In both August and September over 10,000 meals were served, a record high.
"Our numbers have really not slowed down at all in September and October. We really though September was kind of a...
The 17th Annual Souper Bowl went off without a hitch on Sunday at the Muskingum County Center For Seniors.
Hundreds of guests lined up to sample a variety of soups, sandwiches and endless cookies for a good cause.
"We've had a great turnout,' said Co-Chair, Mary Burkhart. The weather is beautiful people have been coming out and its been not just a huge rush at one time, there has just been a nice constant flow of people coming in today. "
Organizers are gearing up for this Sunday's 17th Annual Souper Bowl Benefit and invites the community to join them for a warm meal .
More than 40 area sponsors and local churches are joining together to make this year's fundraiser a success. There will be musical entertainment, and a variety of food options for guests to purchase for $5.
"We have four different kinds of soup," said Co-Organizer, Keely Warden. We have vegetarian vegetable, we have bean soup, a really...
One grocery chain is using their day at the fair to help a local organization.
Wednesday, August 14 is Kroger Day at the Muskingum County Fair. Those that bring a 14.5 or 15.5 ounce can of Kroger brand corn, green beans, mixed vegetables or peas between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. will get in free.
All the canned goods collected will go to Christ's Table.
"We have helped Christ's Table for quite some time. We give daily donations to them and also knowing the needs for all...
The summer season marks a busy time for one local organization.
The Executive Director of Christ's Table said during the summer months they see their children's meal count rise 400-500 percent. They also see their energy costs rise as well as they try and keep cool. These factors cause them to stretch their dollars further.
"We anticipate this. We know it's going to happen so we prepare for it and we make sure the meals that we are preparing are kid frinedly and we stretch...
Operation Feed continues to raise funds for the food pantries and hot meal programs in our area.
A quilt made by the Red Cross Guild of the Pieceable Quilters is the part of the latest fundraiser. Operation Feed is currently selling raffle tickets in order to give the quilt a good home. Operation Feed volunteer Keely Warden said she'd like to raise $500 from the raffle.
"I think the community recognizes the fact that the pantries and the hot meal programs are working...
Christ's Table in Zanesville is in dire need for one particular item to complete it's goal for a balanced meal everyday.
Fresh and canned fruit shelves have been depleted at the food kitchen in the months following the giving season.
Executive Director, Keely Warden said, "January, February and March are pretty slow months in any non profit organization, everyone is in that giving mood at Christmas and Thanksgiving time and it kind of drops off that first quarter of the year...
The new year brings changes to both the Muskingum Valley Red Cross and Christ's Table.
Executive Director of Christ's Table Gretchen Sayre announced her retirement from the organization Monday morning. Sayre served on Christ's Tables board from 1986 to 1993, when she took then over as executive director. She said while she knows it's time to turn over the reigns they'll be things she misses.
"The people. The people," said Sayre. "The guests that come in. I don...