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Christmas. A time of family, a time of celebration, a time of festive feasting.

But what happens when you can’t afford to buy groceries, let alone food for that special Christmas dinner? Worse yet, what if you turn to your local food bank for help, only to find out that its shelves are almost bare, too?

Two weeks before Christmas, the SHARE food bank has put out an urgent appeal for donations. It has only two and a half weeks’ worth of food on its shelves at a time of year when there are more demands on its services

In an effort to help, the Tri-Cities NOW is making a slight change to its Caring for Tri-Cities Kids campaign.

All donations will now go toward whatever SHARE deems most needed, in this case the food bank. Previously, donations went strictly toward helping SHARE buy Christmas presents for children whose parents cannot afford to do so.

SHARE CEO Martin Wyant welcomes the change. "This year, where we're feeling the sharpest need is on food and money to buy food," he said.

The Caring for Tri-Cities Kids campaign (formerly known as Pennies for Presents), has typically raised donations for SHARE to buy toys for young people, but this year the organization's toy shop is well stocked.

Wyant said food bank donations this year aren't keeping pace with those made in previous years.

November and December are typically key fund- and food-raising months for SHARE. The goal is to have enough food at the end of the year — 40,000 food items or 800 shopping carts - to last through the first quarter of 2015.

For Tri-Cities NOW publisher Shannon Balla, the shift in the campaign is all about meeting the needs of the community.

"Once we heard the appeal from SHARE, we made the decision to switch the focus of the campaign to the food bank," she said. "We hope Tri-Cities residents will continue to donate throughout the season to such an important cause in the community."

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