DIXFIELD – Saturday’s a big day for people who want to help the area’s three food pantries.

Barbara Lane of Peru, owner of Hot Colors screen printing in Norway, is offering free holiday-themed T-shirts to people who donate four nonperishable food items, or $5, which will go to the Dixfield and Mexico food pantries. Sizes are available for everyone from small children to large adults.

Also from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Log Cabin Crafts in Dixfield, additional money will be raised by raffling an 18-inch handmade Disney Pooh Bear, created by Lane’s mother, Elizabeth Lane, of Peru. Chances are 50 cents each, or three for $1.

Norine Clarke, owner of Log Cabin Crafts, said certain foods are greatly needed by the area food pantries. These include pasta sauce, jams and jellies, canned meats, ketchup, relish, mustard, canned vegetables, baked beans and canned brown bread, and canned pastas.

Also on Saturday, the culmination of the months-long gathering of 7- by 9-inch crocheted or knitted afghan squares for the annual Warm Up America project will end for the year. The hundreds of donated squares have been sewn into more than 20, 49- by 63-inch afghans. A few were donated already made, Clarke said.

The afghans, along with 50 handmade fuzzy scarves will be given to people in need as identified by the Dixfield and Mexico food pantries, along with the food pantry at the Holy Savior parish in Rumford.

Clarke said she is continuing to collect completed knitted and crocheted squares, along with washable, four-ply skeins of yarn for future Warm Up America projects.

The Dixfield food pantry is housed at the Dixfield Common Baptist Church and is operated by the Rev. Kenneth and Linda Hinkley. The Mexico food pantry is housed in the Congregational Church and is run by Sue Byam. In Rumford, Nancy Roberts manages the food pantry at St. Athanasius and St. John Church, which is part of the Holy Savior parish.

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