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Lake Cares Surprises 600 families for the Holiday

Lake Cares Holiday Food on the Table Campaign kicks off its 8th season on November 21st. This distribution of holiday food begins with more than 600 names placed in a food basket. Lake Cares staff draws out 250 names for a full Thanksgiving dinner. Another 250 names are drawn for the December 22nd Christmas dinner.

These drawings provide everything needed for a family holiday meal. “We provide not only all the fixings for the holiday dinner but also a $15 gift card for their meat of choice,“

said Irene O’Malley, Executive Director of Lake Cares. “It is through our compassionate donations throughout the year that makes this event possible. We’re blessed by the community’s support.”

It takes more than 40 volunteers to bag and distribute the food. With help from the community and then a generous donation from the Publix Charities, the expense for the meals lessens the cost for Lake Cares.

However, donations are still needed. Any $50 donation will feed a family of 4 for these holiday meals. Donations can be done online, or can be dropped off in person, or mailed to Lake Cares Food Pantry. The address is 2001 W. Old Highway 441, Suite 1, Mount Dora, Florida 32757. Attention: Irene O’Malley.