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Deadline nears for Blessings to Share
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Forsyth County News

How to help

Blessings to Share is accepting assistance through Tuesday, when food will be collected. A list of specific food items can be found on the organization’s Web site. For more information, visit or send an e-mail to

Time is running out to donate food to the Blessings to Share program, which helps students in need at Matt Elementary School.

The program began last year with J.J. Alicea, whose granddaughter was a student at the school in northwestern Forsyth.

With about a third of Matt’s student population on free or reduced meal plans, Alicea said organizers “knew we wanted to do something.”

Last year, the organization collected enough food to feed 33 families of five for five days. This year, the goal is to collect enough food to feed 100 families for a full week.

“It’s been a real community effort. It’s not just one organization,” Alicea said. “We’re really excited. We’re going to meet our goal.”

Alicea said the biggest remaining need is groceries, Christmas stocking stuffers like candy and wrapping paper for all 100 boxes, “because we’re truly making it a gift and hand-wrapping all the boxes.”

Matt Elementary Principal Charlley Stalder said the school is sponsoring 55 children whose families have asked for assistance this holiday season.

The school works to provide gifts for them, and through Blessings to Share they also will receive food.

“[The organizers] have such a big heart and have been so generous,” Stalder said.