Holiday help needed for local families

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

While many families are making holiday plans, others are wondering how they’ll make ends meet.
Several organizations and groups in Grant County are making plans to help families in need this holiday season.


Cash Express in Dry Ridge is collecting coats, toys, washable shoes and non-perishable food items through Dec. 15.

Items collected will be distributed by the Northern Kentucky Community Action –Grant County Center in Williamstown.

Items can be dropped off at the following:

In Crittenden: Too Good To Be Threw Consignment, The Place For Kids Daycare, Grant County Drugs, Marathon, EZY Stop/Total Care Pharmacy, Crittenden Post Office, The Coach Stop, Crittenden Storage, Grandma’s This and That, A. Hodge Auto Repair and Showplace Garden Center.

In Dry Ridge: Cash Express, Personal Touch, Body Works Gym, Realty Place, Owen Electric, Wiseway Supply, Sports Card and Gaming Exchange and R.T. Outfitters

In Williamstown: Conrad Tire, Grant County Schools Maintenance garage, EZY Stop, Red Carpet Restaurant, G&G’s Towing, Country Heart, St. Elizabeth Physicians, Custom Clips, Jack’s General Store and B&D Computers

In Corinth: Allen’s Country Store, Corinth Post Office and Corinth Fire Department.

Pro Image Cleaners in Dry Ridge will provide dry cleaning services.

For more information call Cash Express at 859-824-1927.


Kim Haubner, of Dry Ridge, began a county Christmas party eight years ago.

This year’s County Christmas Party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Dry Ridge Outlet Mall.

Volunteers to help at the party, as well as donations of books, candy, toys or cookies can be dropped off at Realty Place, 90 S. Main in Dry Ridge.

For more information call Carol Jackson at 859-393-6282.


214 Barnes Road, Williamstown


Jerry Summers and Wil Jones, co-chairs of Helping Hands

Helping Hands, a coalition of local churches, is another organization that assists families in need and not just during the holidays.

Although the holidays are a time when requests for help pour in, Helping Hands, located on Barnes Road in Williamstown, is open all year long.

A big boost to Helping Hands also comes from local schools that hold canned food drives, as well as the U.S. Postal Service, which conducts a spring and fall canned food drive.

In addition to canned goods, Helping Hands accepts monetary donations to help with utility bills, as well as clothing and furniture donations. Beds and couches are the most requested items.

Helping Hands assists families who do not have children in school, said Jerry Summers, co-chair of the group’s board of directors.


134 N. Main, Williamstown


Carrie Pugh, director

Despite donations of canned goods from the school’s during the canned food drives, more donations including clothing, blankets and money are needed.

This year, the NKy. CAC will also be distributing items collected during the Cash Express donation drive.


Bells will be ringing outside Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge on Friday and Saturdays through Dec. 24.

As the holiday season is swiftly approaching, the Salvation Army of Grant County is seeking help from the community in its efforts to make sure everyone in the community can celebrate this winter.

There are several ways to get involved with the Grant County Unit of Salvation Army.

There is a need for bell ringers.

The annual Red Kettle Campaign will begin on Friday, Nov. 25 and continue until Christmas.

Bell ringers work on Friday evenings and Saturdays outside Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge.

“We need as many people as possible to ring bells,” said Dick Austin, chairman of the Grant County Chapter.

He said in the past, bell ringers have been youth and school groups and sometimes families.

Bell ringing is the Salvation Army’s major fundraiser and all money raised goes toward the organization’s social services for the following year.

Volunteers are also needed to help with other projects throughout the year.

Anyone wishing to sign up as a bell ringer or requesting more information should call Dick Dildine at 859-824-9415.


The Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Williamstown Police Department will assist needy children in Grant County through the Shop With A Cop program.

The police agencies work in cooperation with each elementary school in Grant County. Each schools family resource center staff select students to participate in the program. Around 20 children will be selected this year.

Police officers will pick up the children in their police cruisers and take them to Wal-Mart to shop. Children choose clothes and shoes before selecting toys.  Afterwards the children are treated to lunch donated by Edwardo’s Pizza in Williamstown.

Approximately $250 is spent on each child.

Shop With A Cop will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3. Donations may be sent to the Shop With A Cop fund at Forcht Bank.

For more information call Sheriff Chuck Dills at 859-824-3333.