LAWRENCEVILLE - The Quinn House is turning to Gwinnett County community members to help make the holidays complete for hundreds of needy families.
The outreach ministry's food pantry is nearly bare due to high Thanksgiving need and now their focus is on gathering enough food to give needy families so they can make a holiday meal.
Joe Guzzo, food manager for the Quinn House, said he has nearly 200 families signed up to receive food boxes for Christmas in addition to the number of weekly and monthly food boxes they give out to families and individuals.
Guzzo said the home is in need of canned goods and frozen turkeys and hams to replenish their food bank.
"I could show you five empty
freezers," he said. "I think that would shock people."
Guzzo said it's the turkeys and traditional holiday foods that help make the holidays special for the people they help, but if the home is not able to receive the foods they would like to have they will just have to improvise.
"If we don't get the turkeys and the cans, we're just going to have to substitute," he said. "We may have to give out lunch meat instead of turkey, but people won't starve."
In addition to supplying food, clothing and housing to needy individuals and families in Gwinnett County, the home helps 15 food pantries across north and east Georgia stock their shelves.
"We also give out Christmas presents to needy children every year," Guzzo said. "We've been doing it for over 10 years and it grows every year,"
The home will be accepting donations to fill the Christmas food boxes at their 120 S. Perry St. location until the holiday, and they will continue to accept donations to keep their pantry stocked throughout the year.
"We'll be accepting donations forever," Guzzo said. "We don't have a cut off date."
Guzzo added that he is hopeful that they will receive the food they need for Christmas giving.
"I'm confident with community help we'll be able to provide," he said. "There's enough people in the community who care."
Guzzo said any and all donations community members are willing to make will help.
"It all helps," he said. "Whether it's one can of soup or 100 or 1,000."
To make a donation or to find out about assistance, call 770-962-0470 or visit www.thequinnhouse.com.