By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
The Christmas holiday has come and gone, and people have opened presents, but this January, one of Liberal’s assisted living facilities will continue the season of giving for a few more weeks.
Starting New Year’s Day, Liberal Springs will be collecting food for a local organization in need of such items – Stepping Stone Shelter.
“We are doing a canned food drive for the month of January, canned food and non-perishable items,” said Liberal Springs dining services director Maria Volden. “Everything that is donated, we are going to donate it to the Stepping Stone Shelter.”
The shelter has experienced recent problems with finding enough food to feed its clients. That issue has been helped with donations from various local organizations, and Volden hopes the Liberal Springs drive will assist in this area as well.
“I know with Christmas and everything, they’re going to be running short on food because they’ve given out to the needy families,” she said. “Any month of the year is a good month to donate food because they could always use help.”
Volden said she is looking for a good response for the drive.
“I know a lot of our residents always donate food, and I’m hoping the public will be generous in it and help donate,” she said.
Volden said there are many types of items people can donate to the food drive, including canned foods and crackers.
“With the flu season, soup and crackers are always real good,” she said. “The little cracker packages, anything they can donate and give for whoever could use this.”
This is not the first time Liberal Springs has done a food drive, according to Volden.
“We’ve actually done this here a couple of times,” she said. “I just recently took over as dining services director about three months ago, and this is something I wanted to do.”
Volden said the food drive is one way Liberal Springs gives back.
“It’s just our way of saying thank you to the community,” she said. “We’ve had lots of people in the community come in here and tour our building. We like to support the community, and we get a lot of community support.”
Volden said she believes the drive will be a big help for Stepping Stone’s food needs. The drive will take place from Jan. 1 to 22. Canned food and non-perishable donations can be dropped off at Liberal Springs at 1500 Terrace Avenue.
For more information, call Volden at 624-8000.