The Brian Center offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long term care as well as memory and dementia care services to residents of their facilities in Hickory, Viewmont, Lincolnton, and Gastonia. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, residents are unable to have visitors at this time. Consider doing something special for the residents such as sending cards, snacks, flowers or plants, or crafts to brighten someone’s day. Don’t forget about the staff members who are working diligently to keep their residents safe. Consider offering to take them a meal or other goodies to say thanks to these healthcare heroes. Call one of the Centers to see what you can do to make a difference. Contact information is located on their website below.
The Hickory Soup Kitchen has gone from preparing 170 meals a day to between 300-350. Volunteers are working tirelessly to prepare take-out lunches which are being distributed Mon-Fri, 11 am-1 pm from the rear entrance. The Food Pantry remains open during the same hours but is closed on Wednesdays. They need donations of fresh meat (chicken, ground beef, hot dogs, etc.), individually wrapped desserts (store bought or homemade), canned and non-perishable items (bulk is best but any size is appreciated)! Donations can be dropped off during serving hours or call to have a volunteer meet you outside. Financial donations can be made at the below website. Volunteers – especially younger ones – are needed to help distribute take-out meals and bag groceries during serving hours. Contact Georgene Freeman at email@example.com if you can serve.
CCM is currently in need of canned goods (pop-top cans are preferred) to stock their food pantry. In particular, canned proteins are needed such as tuna, Spam, beef stew, and other canned meats. The pantry is open Monday-Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm and donations can be dropped off during those hours. Donations can be left on the loading dock or donors can call CCM at 327-0979 to have a volunteer retrieve them from their car. Monetary donations are always needed and can be made at the website below.
Catawba County Partnership for Children supports numerous child care facilities throughout our community that are working hard to stay open, allowing working parents to continue to support their families during this difficult time. Many of the child care facilities have requested donations of Lysol, Clorox wipes, hand soap, and sanitizer (60% alcohol). They also need thermometers (no glass, mercury, or oral-only). One center is in need of milk for their children. Donations can be dropped off at HTLC’s office entrance in the box located outside. The office is currently open Monday-Thursday, 9 am–12 pm. Be sure to call to let the office know you have added to the box and label your donation for CC Partnership for Children. The organization is accepting financial contributions to support the children of our community; donations can be made online at their website below.
The staff of the Corner Table meet weekly to assess their current needs and posts them on their website - COVID-19 Response Plan. Current needs include to-go plates, styrofoam & paper bowls, 2 oz portion cups, 4 oz cups, 16 oz cup lids, toilet paper, grocery bags, 33-gallon trash bags, and pasta (egg noodles, pasta shells, penne, and rotini). Their office hours and drop-off times for donations are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-1 pm. Donors can bring items in the front door or call 828-464-0355 to have a volunteer come out to their car and retrieve donations. They are in crucial need of monetary donations to support both the soup kitchen and backpack program; donations can be made at their website below
The COVID-19 outbreak has created a critical need for blood and platelets, especially with so many donation sites closing. HTLC has a drive scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 from 2:30 to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The Red Cross is taking extra precautions to help ensure the safety of all donors. Please consider giving the gift of life and schedule a donation appointment through the website below. If you would like to volunteer for the blood drive, email Georgene Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Meals on Wheels program is in need of donations to fill goodie bags with personal hygiene products, individually wrapped snacks & game books (like Word Search). Bags are provided weekly for those in need. Donors should call before delivering donations so arrangement can be made to have someone meet you outside the facility. Some volunteer groups are making bags in bulk for the program; anyone who wants to coordinate such an effort should contact Heather Ball at 695-5610. Volunteers are always needed to deliver meals but at this time volunteer training has been ceased, however, those interested can still submit an application online and will be contacted if needed. Monetary donations are always best and can be easily made online.
Exodus Homes is in need of non-perishable food items and disinfecting cleaning supplies (including paper towels and toilet paper) to keep their residents fed and safe. Donors can drop off their donations at the entrance of the Exodus New Life Thrift Store (610 4th St. SW – Hickory) or have their donations picked up outside their homes by calling Exodus Works at 828-324-2390. Monetary donations are very much appreciated and can be mailed to Exodus Homes, PO Box 3311 Hickory, NC 28603. Exodus Works is asking people to remember to hire their workers for outdoor landscaping, general labor, moving, and other services. The thrift store has recently re-opened to customers; items can also be viewed and purchased through Facebook Marketplace. Note: Their website is currently down for maintenance.
The Family Guidance Center office is currently closed but the shelter remains open for clients in crisis. Monetary donations are most needed and can be made on their website below or by texting Donation to 41444. They also have a Shelter Wish List through Amazon Prime. The Center currently needs food pantry items of any kind, newer clothes (including undergarments) for women, as well as disinfecting cleaning supplies (such as wipes, bleach & rubber gloves) as well as thermometers - to support the woman and children in their shelter. Contact HTLC staff member, Terri Faherty at 828-851-6479 if you have items to donate. Thanks for your support of domestic violence victims.
The Women’s Resource Center is in need of donations to help restock their Emergency Product Pantry which helps provide necessary products that are not covered by government assistant cards. Items needed include glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, dish detergent, and fabric softener. They also need grocery and gas gift cards for welcome baskets for families transitioning from homeless situations to stable housing. Donations can be dropped off at the Center and placed in the large box on their porch. Donors are encouraged to call 322-6333 to let staff members know they are dropping off a donation – especially if it is a gift card. Visit their website below to donate or view their Amazon Wish List.
The Salvation Army Shelter is now open 24-hours to serve as many homeless individuals & families as possible. In addition, they are providing two take-out meals daily. These efforts have increased the need for food and supplies exponentially. They are accepting food donations of all types through their Crisis Help Center, open Monday-Thursday, 10 am-3pm. Personal hygiene products and disinfecting cleaning supplies are also needed. Their Thrift Store remains open and is accepting donations as well. Monetary donations are always needed and can be made at their website, linked below.
The Family Care Center remains open to serve homeless families with dependent children through their emergency residential program. They are accepting donations during current office hours, 9am-12pm. They are in need of fresh fruits and vegetables, canned fruit, bread, toothpaste, deodorant, bleach, liquid laundry detergent, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, and toilet paper. Donations can be dropped off at the Center – located at 2875 Highland Ave. NE, Hickory - inside their glass enclosure entrance (to eliminate any additional traffic in the Center). To make a monetary donation, visit their website below.
People Offering Relief From Community Hunger (PORCH) is a Catawba County non-profit food assistance program. The organization supports families from the Hickory Public School System through monthly food drives in which participants leave donations on their porches to be picked up - usually on the third Tuesday of each month. These food donations are bagged for families in need through CCM and other programs. Due to COVID-19, PORCH has not been able to conduct drives in April or May but continues to purchase pallets of food to distribute with the help of financial donations. Donations can be made at the below website or mailed to PORCH, PO Box 7, Hickory, NC 28603.
Centro Latino is in need of items for their food pantry including rice, chicken, Vienna Sausages, beef stew, chili, ham, tuna, peanut butter, grape jelly, dressings, oatmeal, cereals, and snacks (cookies, crackers, chips, cereal bars, and Pop Tarts). They also need canned goods (tomatoes, Pinto Beans, mixed vegetables, soups, potatoes) and canned fruits (peaches, pineapples, pears, fruit cocktail, applesauce, mandarins, etc.). Donations can be dropped off Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 to 3 p.m., during their food pantry hours. Financial donations can also be made online at the website below.
Lutheran Christian Services (LCS) recognizes the heroes who are taking care of their clients in their many senior care communities including Trinity Village and Trinity Ridge in Hickory. CNAs, group home staff members, and other teammates are putting their own needs aside to provide care and support for residents. LCS invites anyone who would like to say thanks to consider providing a meal for the dedicated staff. Contact the community’s administrator to make arrangements.
Trinity Ridge: 828-322-6995
Trinity Village: 828-328-2006
Ally Gniadek, daughter of Jeff and Marsha, has recently opened The Bread Homestead, an in-home bakery located in Leland, NC. She has been baking bread for about a year and is excited to have turned her hobby into a business. Fresh, homemade breads of various varieties – such as cinnamon & sugar sweet sourdough, pretzel bread, and garlic & herb wheat sourdough - are available for delivery. Orders can be placed through Facebook or Instagram. Visit her website below for more information.
Wine & Design owner and operator, Mary Cardwell (along with her parents Randy & Martha Rice) are working hard to remain positive and keep their business up and running during this difficult time. Social distancing does not mean that the fun has to end! Consider purchasing a Take Home Paint Kit to stay creative with your family. Multiple canvas sizes from various price points are available along with other projects such as wooden door hangers, Chunky Blankets, and wooden cookbook holder kits. For more information, message Wine & Design on Facebook or place an order on their website.
Aiken-Black Tire Services is open and ready to meet your auto repair and tire needs. David and Penny Black are fortunate they have not had to reduce their staff or hours and are currently operating business as usual, Monday – Friday 7am-6pm and Saturday 7am-3pm. Thank you for supporting their business and staff.
Visit their website below for a listing of
their services and tires products.
Enjoy playing board games or card games? Carolina Game Tables is owned and operated by Clint & Jodi Black. Their tables allow you to use your dining or coffee table to store and play games. You can also watch Jodi's 10 minute YouTube video, useful for disinfecting tables and upholstery during the COVID-19 crisis: https://youtu.be/6OAkpcTOP8o . If you are interested in viewing their tables or borrowing a board game, Jodi will meet you in their showroom on Tate Blvd. Contact Jodi at 828-409-0959 or email@example.com.
Though their dining room is closed to customers, Salsarita's is very much open for business! Enjoy delicious take-out meals and free delivery within 5 miles of the restaurant. If you do place an order, don't be surprised to see our own Marsha Gniadek delivering to your business or home! Thank you for supporting Salsarita's and their dedicated staff! Call 828-304-2485 or visit their website below.
The dining room is currently closed but the Tap Room does offer outdoor seating for their patrons. Take-out orders of any of your favorite dishes can be placed by calling 828-322-1965. Check out their menu on their Facebook page linked below (and be sure to Like their page)! When you pick up your order, look for Karen Kahill's son-in-law, John Withers, Kitchen Manager. Thank you for your support of the
Tap Room and its staff.