Current events provide opportunity for charity - Christi Hill Team

Current events provide opportunity for charity

Charity needs in Onslow County

Current events provide opportunity for charity

As the world grapples with all the consequences of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some children in Onslow County Schools are in need of food because of the temporary school closures.

There is a program in Onslow County under the management of United Way that provides food to children who may experience food insecurity at home. The program is called Children Healthy Eating on the Weekend (CHEW). It serves approximately 800 children attending 30 schools in the Onslow County Schools system.

During the COVID-19 pandemic so far, the schools have been providing these students hot lunches. However, with the schools temporarily closed, CHEW needs to step in and make sure they receive adequate nutrition. At this time, CHEW volunteers are dealing with a shortage of donations. The program is asking for community help to provide all CHEW recipients with weekend meal bags.

Here are the items the CHEW program needs most:

  • Canned proteins (such as tuna or chicken)
  • Canned soup
  • Chili
  • Beans
  • Canned vegetables
  • Fruit gummies
  • Plastic bags

Community Impact Director for CHEW Shelly Kieweg told WNCT9 News, “Especially now with what’s going on, donations are imperative. We literally have two week’s worth of weekend meals that we can put out right now in the Jacksonville hub.”

Kieweg added that Walmart canceled a large order she had placed because the store is unable to fill large orders. The store explained that its inability to fill the order was a result of issues surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.

How to help

  • Donate directly to CHEW at 403 Bayshore Blvd. in Jacksonville Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Volunteers will be conducting a food drive at the Walmart on Yopp Rd. in Jacksonville on March 22.

Crime Stoppers needs your help too.

The planned March 25 barbecue fundraiser organized by Jacksonville-Onslow Crime Stoppers is another casualty of fears and an abundance of caution around the spread of Coronavirus. Crime Stoppers Chairman Joe Yannessa told that the primary factors in the decision to cancel the event were closures at the schools and Camp Lejeune, among other changes.

Yannessa also said that the cancelled event usually brings in $5,000-$7,000, along with the kickoff for the event called the Big Check Donation. All totaled, the event cancellation could result in the loss of an estimated $20,000. Crime Stoppers uses its funds to offer rewards to those who provide tips that help to solve crimes.

If you want to help make up for the lost funds from the barbecue cancellation, here’s how to do it.

Send a check to:

Jacksonville-Onslow County Crime Stoppers, P.O. Drawer 436, Jacksonville, NC 28541-0436.

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