In one of my last articles, I proclaimed the importance of the holiday and the season of giving. Certainly, I didn't coin the phrase but it sure sounds nice "saying it" and most importantly "meaning it". Everywhere you turn there are events this month and into the New Year that are all about helping out the community. That's where the "meaning it' part comes in. This Saturday alone, local events are geared to helping those in need in the most sincere and "feel good" way. Of course, the Annual Townsquare Media, Butte Cares, Harrington Pepsi Clothing Drive is set to take place at the MAC in Butte from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, with food donated by CCCS and a plethora of gently worn clothing, hats, gloves, and more for family members of all ages. A selection of blankets will also be available to stay warm throughout the Montana Winter. Also, coming up this Saturday, December 3rd it's the Annual Thompson Family City Wide Food Drive!

You know the drill. The Thompson Family City Wide Food Drive is when you leave non-perishable food items near your mailbox for volunteers to pick up between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is preferred that items be set in a grocery bag or box and made available by 10 a.m. this Saturday. Other items in need include paper towels, toilet paper, deodorant and shampoo. If you would rather bring your items to a drop off location, you may do so at the Butte Emergency Food Bank (1019 East Second), and select spots at Safeway on Front Street, Three Bears Alaska, and the Racetrack Fire Hall off of Farragut from 10 to 1 p.m this Saturday. Cash donations are also very much appreciated and can be made by visiting HERE. The food drive this Saturday is in memory of Jim and Margie Thompson, who operated Thompson Distributing in Butte with their family and staff for years, and where the Drive was first established. Here's to all of us "meaning it" by coming together to do our part!

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