To donate or to seek help, The Caring Place, at 130 Wildwood Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Fridays and from 6 -8 p.m. on Tuesday.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Caring Place needs volunteers and donations of food, clothing or money as the community enters the holiday season, officials say.
"Of course, these last few years have not been easy for anyone. But the poor get poorer. The poor get hit by the tornadoes," Christy Ritzhaup of the Caring Place told MainStreet Cleveland members Monday.
The Caring Place is a non-denominational consortium of 53 churches, founded in 2000 with support from volunteers and donors that includes individuals and businesses. It accepts donations of food, clothing and money and distributes 20-pound bags of groceries to clients, twice a month for families and once a month for others. Clients can also choose clothing in a store-like atmosphere.
With the sagging economy, the Caring Place is seeing more people in tight financial situations, either laid off, of with their hours cut or forced to work minimum wage jobs that don't cover the bills, she said.
"The people we are serving, are working or want to work or can't work," Ritzhaup said.
Some Cleveland neighborhoods will be notified soon of another project for The Caring Place -- caroling for cans. Carolers will be in neighborhoods accepting canned food.
MainStreet Cleveland itself is going into the holidays with the national "Shop Small Saturday" campaign. Shoppers are urged to shop at local small businesses on Saturday.
"Just one purchase can really make a huge difference," said MainStreet Executive Director Sharon Marr.
Cleveland's Christmas Tree Lighting and Carols will be December 2 at 6 p.m. The event takes place downtown in front of the Courthouse Annex. It is followed by reverse caroling, where the visitors walk from one downtown church to another to hear the local choirs. The Christmas parade is 6 p.m. on Dec. 3.
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Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...