, Muskogee, OK

January 17, 2014

Pantry needs go beyond sustenance

— The Life Matters Sunday school class at First Baptist Church is making a difference — with toilet paper.

Each month the class buys 96 rolls of toilet paper for the Community First Center. And each month, the center often needs more rolls.

Toilet paper is just one of many non-food items area charities need regularly, officials say.

It also serves as a reminder that even though the holiday season is behind us, there are still people in need. And those needs go beyond food.

Sure, food is extremely important. It’s easy to overlook toilet paper, feminine products, toothpaste and other toiletries.

But the need is there.

The Life Matters Sunday school class sets a good example.

We would all do well to follow their lead.

You can help

The following charities are among local agencies that welcome donations or collections of hygiene products or household items as well as food:

• First Baptist Church, Community First Center, 801 Boston St. (918) 683-0962.

• Gospel Rescue Mission, 326 S. Second St., (918) 682-3489.

• Salvation Army, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays, 700 Independence St. or at the Thrift Store, 605 S. Main St., (918) 682-3384.

• Catholic Charities, 9 a.m. to noon weekdays, 1220 W. Broadway, (918) 681-6115.

• Ark of Faith, 401 E. Broadway, (918) 682-8411. (Closed until Jan. 25).