It's time again for the McIntyre Library annual holiday giving project, and as in years past, we will be raising funds to purchase rice for the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA) food pantry.
The library has held the fundraiser for more than a decade, raising thousands of dollars to purchase rice distributed to those in need through the HMAA.
The HMAA is a social service agency that serves the local Hmong community by operating a food pantry and assisting in housing, employment and translating services. The agency also works with other area services to assist the local Hmong community.
More than 160 families rely on the food pantry for their basic sustenance. However, decreased funding during the past year has resulted in depleted food supplies, forcing the pantry to close its doors for several months due to a lack of rice to distribute. Winter is the season of greatest need, as families cannot rely on the harvest of their gardens during these months.
If you choose to participate, please make checks payable to McIntyre Library Staff Association, and submit by Dec. 10 to Dan Hillis in Room 5012 of McIntyre Library. Names of contributors will be included on a card accompanying the donation that will be given to the HMAA. Contributors who want to be anonymous should indicate so. Please include an email address if you would like confirmation of the receipt of your contribution.
Anyone is welcome to contribute to the library staff's project.
If you know of someone who might be interested, please forward this message.