INDIANAPOLIS — The holiday season is underway.
Many families are adapting their traditions — preparing big meals to finding the best deals — because of COVID-19. However, there are a lot of families still struggling to make ends meet.
Their situation has been made worse because of the pandemic, and that's where the Rev. Richard Hunter is stepping in to make sure those who need help, get it. It's something he's done for the last 25 years.
"It's not just a meal. It's a week's worth of groceries we give them," Hunter said.
Hunter said it's important that all the food he gives out can last a family for a week so they can do other things with the money they would have spent on food.
"Take the money you would have spent on groceries and make sure your utilities are on. If your child needs a toy, go buy a toy if they don't have one. Do those things to make Christmas more Christmas-y," Hunter said.
On Dec. 11, The Richard Hunter Ministries and Martin University are teaming up to give Christmas Help Boxes to those in need. The plan is to give out 550 boxes. With the increased need this year, Hunter hopes the community can step up and help.
"We're asking for donations to buy this food. This is brand new food. It's not food that's been in the store. It's coming straight out the warehouse through Kroger. We pick it up at the warehouse and put it straight in the box," Rev. Hunter said. "This is a blessing for us to be a blessing to someone else."
If you can donate to the Christmas Help Program, call 317-329-6855. If your could use some of the help Rev. Hunter is offering, call 317-347-1690. Leave your name, number, and the size of your family. You must be able to pick up your box on December 11 at 2186 Sherman Drive between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.