Catawba County Public Health will continue to offer diagnostic COVID-19 drive-through testing through August. Testing is offered Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm in the back parking lot at Catawba County Public Health, located at 3070 11th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory. Individuals who do not have access to testing, especially those who are uninsured or do not have a primary care physician, are eligible for testing. There is no cost to participants though individuals covered by insurance should bring their insurance card. Those who test negative will receive a letter from the Public Health Department; those who test positive will be notified by telephone. For more information, visit the website below or call the Catawba County Public Health COVID-19 nurse line at (828) 465-9595.
The Council on Adolescents (COA) has finally been able to reschedule its 9th annual “Take-Out for Teens” Fundraiser for Thursday, August 20. Buy your tickets now for a Outback Steakhouse prepared meal including steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, blue cheese chopped salad, bread, cheesecake, and a drink for just $20 per meal. Meals can be picked up at Holy Trinity in the Old Fellowship Hall between 4:30 and 6:30 pm on the 20th. Delivery options are available for large orders. To purchase a ticket(s), call the COA at 828-322-4591 or email, email@example.com. All proceeds will benefit the COA's Healthy Youth Education and Lunch Buddy Mentoring programs. For more information about the fundraiser or programs of the COA, visit their website below.
The Family Care Center's popular Second Chance Auction will take virtually this year. Those interested can bid on-line for 3 days, starting Thursday, September 10 at 8 am and up until 5 pm on Saturday, September 12. Participants can pick up their winning items at the Center, Monday-Thursday, September 14-17 from 9 am - 4 pm. The on-line platform is simple - just register and start bidding. There will be BUY IT NOW options for many items. More details as well as the link to the bidding site will be posted on 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. 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 (2875 Highland Ave. NE). Monetary donations can be made online.
The staff and volunteers of the Humane Society of Catawba County continue to work tirelessly to care for and protect our four-legged friends. The shelter is currently in need of dry kitten food, dog and cat food (of all types), cat litter, as well as pet toys. Bleach, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, and tall kitchen trash bags are also needed. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter - located at 3224 20th Ave. SE in Hickory - either inside the front door or on the bench just outside. Charitable contributions forms are available upon request for tax purposes. Towels, washcloths, and bedding donations (except for pillows and bed skirts) are also being accepted but donors are asked to thoroughly launder items and deliver them in clean plastic bags. Financial donations help to pay for the medications and veterinary care animals may need and can easily be made at the website below. Be sure to check out the photos of the animals in need of loving, safe homes and consider adoption.
Due to COVID-19, clients of the Hickory Soup Kitchen are receiving meals and groceries outside of the facility. Consider donating an umbrella(s) to help keep these individuals dry when it rains. Donations can be dropped off at the church office. Staff and volunteers at the Kitchen continue to work tirelessly to prepare take-out meals which are being distributed Mon-Fri, 11 am-1 pm. The Food Pantry remains open during the same hours but is closed on Wednesdays. Needed donations include 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 are needed to help distribute meals and bag groceries. Contact Georgene Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (CCPC) supports numerous child care centers 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 centers have requested donations of disinfecting cleaners and wipes, hand soap, sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), face masks, and latex gloves. They also need thermometers (though no glass, mercury, or oral-only). Donations can be dropped off at HTLC’s office in the box located inside just inside the entrance; the church office is currently open Monday-Thursday, 9 am–12 pm. CCPC is also accepting financial contributions to support the children and families 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, platelets, and plasma. HTLC has a blood drive scheduled for Tuesday, September 29 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 and, for a limited time, is testing all completed donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Please consider giving the gift of life and schedule an appointment through the website below. Donors must make appointment; walk-ins may or may not be taken the day of the drive, depending on the number of people who have pre-registered. Donors can also save time by completing their pre-reading and health history the day of the drive through RapidPass. If you would like to volunteer to help out at the blood drive, email Georgene Freeman at email@example.com.
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-3 pm. 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 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.
People Offering Relief From Community Hunger (PORCH) is a Catawba County non-profit food assistance program. The organization supports families in need from the Hickory Public School System through monthly food drives. Participants leave food donations on their porches to be picked up by PORCH volunteers on the third Tuesday of each month. The donations are bagged and distributed to families through CCM and other assistance programs. To learn more about becoming a PORCH donor or volunteer, visit the below website. Financial donations are always welcome and are used to purchase pallets of food to help continue the program and meet the growing needs of the community.
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
Looking for a good read? Consider HTLC member, Rich Hites' new novel on St. Luke entitled, Great and Beloved Physician: God's Healer. In the novel, Luke has the name Lucius Maximus and Jesus is mostly called “the Nazarene.” Visit Amazon at the link below for a preview of the story line. This is Rich's third novel; his other two are also available to preview and purchase below.
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.
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.
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 employees.
Visit their website below for a listing of services and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salsarita's has reopened their dining room and outdoor patio to customers though some tables are closed to help ensure safe social distancing. Customers can dine in or enjoy delicious take-out meals as well as 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 home business! Thank you for supporting Salsarita's and their dedicated staff! To place an order, call 828-304-2485 or visit their website below.
The dining room of the Olde Hickory Tap Room has reopened; guests are being seated in accordance with social distancing protocols. Patrons can dine inside or take advantage of outdoor seating. Take-out orders of any of their delicious 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 dine there or pick up an order, look for Karen Kahill's son-in-law, John Withers, Kitchen Manager. Thank you for your continued support of the Tap Room and its staff.