This MLK day, do something for your community

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The signs of increased poverty are everywhere: the huge bump in the need for government subsidies, high unemployment rates, foreclosures, and, of course, all those tents down by the river.

Watching all this, those of us that still have roofs over our heads and food in our bellies can't help but count our blessings. We've been lucky.

This Monday brings another chance for us lucky folks to reach out to our less fortunate neighbors. Care and Share Food Bank For Southern Colorado — the major of supplier of food for the needy on this side of the state — is asking for volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone in the family age 6 and up can help lend a hand by sorting, packing, or helping out in the food bank's community garden. There will also be tours at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. for those who want to learn more about Care and Share.

Care and Share also welcomes you to bring donations by. They could use starter plants for the vegetable garden or food. The most needed food items include:

· Breakfast cereal
· Canned meat and tuna
· Canned tomato products
· Boxed pasta
· Canned meals (chili, etc.)
· Canned fruits and vegetables
· Canned and bagged beans
· Canned soup
· Peanut butter
· Powdered milk

Care and Share is located located just 1/4 mile east of Powers Boulevard off of Constitution Avenue at 2605 Preamble Point. For more information or to sign up, call Isaac Ring at 719-528-1247, ext. 4604.

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