For more information on the Marcus E. & Sharon B. Gunter Foundation, call (770) 889-2859 or go online at www.marcus-sharon-gunter-foundation.org.
Sharon Gunter and husband Marcus will be serving traditional holiday fare, including ham, green beans and a variety of desserts, during a Christmas-themed meal Saturday.
But the gathering isn’t for them, it’s for those in the community who have fallen on hard times, Gunter said. It’s also one of many efforts undertaken by their foundation.
The nonprofit holds monthly Dinners for the Hungry, including the meal Saturday. It also collects food and clothing for families in need.
“We’re really concerned about when children are out of school that they don’t get enough food to eat,” Gunter said. “When they’re not in school to get those free breakfasts and lunches, they go hungry for those meals, so we wanted to supplement those.”
Gunter said she’s been collecting food since September. She’s also gathering clothing, specifically socks.
Working with a private company, she has been able to buy a dozen socks for every $4 donation if she purchased 50 dozen at a time.
She has 150 packages of a dozen socks to give out, along with a bag of food, to families in need.
“We found that most families can find shoes to fit their children, but they don’t usually get socks,” Gunter said. “Socks are a luxury.”
The organization has also joined with North Forsyth High and other local schools for its third annual Coats, Socks and Gloves Benefit Concert.
The two-hour event, set for 7 p.m. Dec. 20, features musical performances from students at North’s performing arts center. Admission is a donation of new or slightly used coats, socks or gloves.
“Last year, it took two large vans to take all the coats, socks, gloves and nonperishable food items to the United Way,” Gunter said. “It would be wonderful if we could get that kind of response again this year.
“It’s important to give back and show you appreciate what you’ve received and how you’ve been blessed. This is one of so many ways people can help the less fortunate.”