Special to Iredell Free News

Fifth Street Ministries is asking residents and businesses to help make the holiday season special for its guests and others in need in the community.

Between the meals served and food boxes distributed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, Fifth Street Ministries will serve approximately 650 meals.

To do that, Fifth Street relies solely on the support of this community. Meal items to donate include uncooked turkeys, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, potato salad, corn, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and homemade desserts. Items may be dropped off any day of the week between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. or delivered through your favorite shopping app (1421 Fifth Street).

Fifth Street also needs volunteers to help with all holiday events, such as distributing food boxes, making crafts with the children, helping shoppers in the free toy store, cooking the meals and serving. We accept volunteers of any age with a guardian. Sign up information to volunteer is available online at www.fifthstreetministries.com under the “Events” tab: 2022 Holiday Volunteers.

Finally, Fifth Street gives gifts to all residents as well as to community members in need. The nonprofit serves men, women and children (birth to 17). This year, the gift lists are Amazon Wish Lists, which can be found online at www.fifthstreetministries.com under the “Events” tab: 2022 Holiday Gifts. Gifts may be shipped directly to Fifth Street (1421 Fifth Street) or dropped off at the shelter. The nonprofit will accept new and unwrapped gifts. In addition to gifts, individuals are also provided donated gloves, scarves, hats and socks (200 of each).

Individuals/Families must register for Thanksgiving food boxes by Monday, November 14.

Individuals/Families must register for Christmas food boxes by Monday, December 12, and for the toy store by Friday, December 16.

To register for these or if there are questions, please call 704-872-4045.