Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

December 13, 2013

Community responds to need

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville — Since our last report, all 250 children, whose names were left with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce in need of a Christmas gift, will have a present Christmas morning. 

Chuck Galeazzi with Helping Hands Food Pantry in Knoxville said today that there are no names left at the Chamber. He did not have final numbers, but he believes that around 350 children total will have a brighter Christmas, thanks to the generosity of the Knoxville community. 

There is still a need for food baskets. The Chamber has information regarding those requests. 

The Journal-Express is still collecting new Hats, Underpants, Gloves and Socks still in packaging for donation to area children. Items can be dropped off at the office at 122 East Robinson during business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) 

With the success of granting the Christmas wish list for children, Galeazzi believes Knoxville took another step closer to the Most Compassionate Community award.