Social services agency needs help

   An agency focused on helping others needs help.

With the struggling economy and the continual job losses in the region, the need for assistance in the community is growing, said Brian Moore, general manager of the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, Ramona’s original backcountry thrift store and social services agency.

   The food and clothes closet assists more than 300 low-income and needy adults, children and seniors in the community monthly with emergency food, clothing and other social programs.  

   “The availability of non-perishable food for our food pantry is seriously low and we are asking the community for its help,” said Moore. “Our immediate and specific needs are canned fruit, vegetables, soups, meats, dry rice, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and oatmeal.  

   “We also accept monetary donations. All donations made to Ramona Food and Clothes Closet are tax deductible and are greatly appreciated.”

Ramona Food and Clothes Closet is at 773 Main St. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, visit the Web at www.ramonafoodandclothescloset.org or call 760-789-4458.

   Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Inc. is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Its operations are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

   It’s primary mission is to provide emergency supplies to individuals and families in need in the communities of Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego and Warner Springs, execute a Share Your Holidays program to enhance the holidays for needy families and children, maintain and operate a thrift store that receives donations of used goods and other merchandise from the community for resale to the public, and make donations to other nonprofit or charitable organizations whose primary focus is providing assistance to those in need.

   The agency has donated money to the Ramona Senior Center and to Witch fire victims, and it has given scholarships to students.

   
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