Vivian came in to volunteer for a shift at the Pine River Area Food Shelf. The team included Olive, Larry, Unice and Nancy. They set out the bread, stocked the shelves and started up the computer.

She sits ready to greet the first client, Tina. Her husband is disabled, and she needs help to feed her family of four.

Earl is a senior veteran whose disability check is not enough to cover medications and food.

Their next client, Eileen, is hesitant because this is her first time here. She is greeted warmly and reassured she is not alone.

Rachel is here shopping for an elderly neighbor who is homebound.

And the shift continues.

Everyone has a story. Help is available due to the generosity and kindness of a community that cares about each other - friends and strangers. Pine River-Backus Family Center thanks you for your support. Do you want to know how else you can help? Write down the first letter of each person's name in the story. There is your answer.

We are giving out vouchers to our food shelf clients to pick up a turkey and providing them a bag of groceries to complete the feast for Thanksgiving. Big thanks to the people who have donated for this holiday. We will be giving out hams and goodies for Christmas as well. We need help to make this holiday an occasion where they can enjoy a meal with their loved ones.

Christmas for Kids is also coordinated through the family center. Children from 0-18 are provided a gift. You can shop for gifts or just give a donation, and we will do the shopping for you. Karen in the front office has the forms if your family is in need of help for Christmas.

Questions? Call 218-587-4292. Donations can be sent to the Pine River-Backus Family Center, P.O. Box 1, Pine River MN 56474.