Marlow Samaritans Christmas basket giveaway planned

Posted in: Society
Nov 21, 2012 - 8:52:02 AM

The Marlow Samaritans are gearing up for their annual Christmas basket giveaway in December, and application forms will be available at the Samaritans headquarters, 214 West Main, beginning next Monday, Nov. 26, and continuing through Friday, Dec. 14.
Application required
This is the only location where applicants may fill out the applications, and the headquarters will be open only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through the 14th.
According to Samaritans spokesman Cricket Holland, the application process must be completed in person. Phone calls for this purpose will not be accepted.
The United Way agency’s customary monthly food distribution will be suspended during December, she added. The basket giveaway will be the only opportunity for clients to receive food during the month. Therefore, everyone, including those on the monthly food bank list, must complete the new form in order to receive a Christmas basket.
Furthermore, said Holland, only individuals and families with Marlow addresses are eligible. However, clients on the Central High and Bray-Doyle food bank lists may not participate in this program.
There will be absolutely no exceptions to these policies.
Distribution details
The food baskets will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the First Baptist Church Life Center between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
No one will enter the center but will, instead, pick up their baskets in the parking lot.
Clients are to approach the Life Center from the north on Fourth Street. After turning onto the parking lot located south of the building, they will drive to the west door on the south face of the life center, where they will identify themselves. After eligibility is verified, they will proceed to the next door, where volunteers will load their baskets into their cars.
The clients will then exit the parking lot onto either Comanche or Kiowa.
Holland noted that volunteers will be posted at intersections in the area to monitor the flow of traffic and ensure that no one cuts in line.