Halloween costume contest, food bank fundraiser planned
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People Helping People, Polk County’s local nonprofit community service organization, and Kidz XChange are hosting a Halloween Costume Contest Party for youngsters, starting with infants and going all the way up to children age 12.

It will be held on Friday evening, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8. This is an annual food and fundraising event to benefit the Polk County Food Bank, especially for the upcoming holidays.

Each child contestant will receive a goody bag of treats, as well as a small trophy. Children can compete within their age division for first-, second- and third-place prizes in each age division, as well as for a large trophy and a gift certificate from Kidz XChange Plus. Two contestants also will earn the award of Most Original Costume and also for the Best Overall Costume.

Winners will be chosen from photographs taken the night of the party and notified the following week.

Cost for entry is $5 and five cans of nonperishable food or $10 per child. The registration must be turned in by Thursday, Oct. 25. Registration forms also may be picked up at the “Polk County News” office, Cash Express, in addition to Kidz XChange Plus.

The contest will be held at 184 Mull Road in the old Benton Manufacturing/Flea Market building next to Burgess Feed and Hardware.

Each child may also choose to have a professional photograph taken and purchase a photo package for an additional fee.

For more information, call Becky or Gail Wilcoxon, manager of People Helping People, at 299-9062 or 716-2054 or contact by email at kidzxchangeplus@yahoo.com.

New community kitchen

People Helping People opened its new community kitchen the beginning of October.

Becky Wilcoxon and her crew at People Helping People opened the kitchen because they wanted to feed those people in the community who “cannot afford to eat well,” especially children and the elderly who cannot cook for themselves.

In the first eight days since the facility was inspected and given the green light to open by the Tennessee Department of Health, 201 meals were served at the facility itself and/or as a carry out meal. Meals include meats and vegetables and mainly are prepared by Elois Ledford.

Food and other needed items are funded through donations.

Meals are available to anyone. Donations are readily accepted for in-house meals, but a minimum $5 donation is required for carryout meals.

Meals are served Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. The kitchen is located in the old Benton Manufacturing/Flea Market building on Highway 411 next to Burgess Feed and Hardware at 184 Mull Road. For more information, call Wilcoxon at 299-9062.