OAKLAND — For the 41st year, the House of Hope food drive will take place in Oakland.
This year’s event is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, along Second Street in front of the Cornish Café.
Non-perishable food items and cash donations will be accepted. The House of Hope is primarily geared toward short-term emergency situations where a quick response and flexibility are critical.
It is a non-denominational, non-profit “network of concerns” particular to Garrett County. The House of Hope can assist with food, clothes, accommodations, bills or other specific needs.
Over the last 40 years, roughly $60,000 in donations and more than 80 pickup truck loads of food have been donated.
Chuck Nolan started the food drive in 1978, and he continues to be the driving force behind it.
He noted that the idea came from the birth of his first daughter, Bridget.
“We had gone through the training, my wife and I, so I could be in the delivery room,” he said. “So this beautiful baby girl was born, and the nurse let me give her her first bath. I remember to this day looking down and holding this precious little girl, and I thought to myself, ‘What a gift God’s given me. What can I do to give back to my community for this gift … to give back to God?’ And that’s how the House of Hope food drive started.”
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