Sharing with others marks ‘Spirit of the Season’

In keeping with the annual tradition of holiday cheer, the Hills?boro Chamber of Commerce and its Business Promotion Committee are sponsoring ?Spirit of the Season,? Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-16.

The four-day event is featuring a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the downtown area, and a band and chili feed, food drive and other merchant activities.

Renee Gilkey, executive director of the Hillsboro Chamber, said entries for the parade are under way.

?The entry fee (for the parade) is a food item for the Main Street Ministries food drive,? she said.

Parade participants may enter pets, decorated bicycles, cars, motorcycles or anything that falls within the theme of this year?s event.

?This is a fun activity,? she said, and the committee is encouraging people to be creative.

Following the parade, Gilkey said, an FFA Chili Feed is scheduled from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Hillsboro City Building, 118 E. Grand Ave. During that same time and location the Schniggle-Fritz Band will play.

Another activity from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday is the ?Free Community Shred Day,? across from Hillsboro Ford-Mercury. This is offers people an opportunity to bring personal papers and documents for shredding.

Fill the bus food drive

Another highlight is ?Fill the Bus? food drive that will be visible on Main Street all day Saturday.

In addition, the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be joining forces in helping the food bank meet its needs this season.

Lee Clark, scout master, said the Cub Scouts will distribute bags (donated by Dale Supermarket) on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Then, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, the Boy Scouts will go door-to-door collecting the non-perishable food items.

?Normally, the food drive is held a month ago,? Clark said, ?but this year other groups wanted to help enlarge it?making it a bigger community effort.?

Last year, he said, was a ?dismal? year for food, with the Scouts collecting about 700 pounds total.

On an average year, they collect about 2,500 pounds of food. Their best year the amount was 2,800 pounds.

?We are trying to improve by getting close to that amount again,? he said.

For those unsure of what type of food items to donate, Main Street Ministries Director Lillian Bookless compiled the following list: spaghetti, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, breakfast cereal, pancake mix, syrup, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, canned fruit (peaches, fruit cocktail, etc.), macaroni and cheese, canned meat (tuna, chicken or ham), soups, box dinners (Hamburger Helper and Chicken or Tuna Helper), bottled or boxed fruit juices, meals in cans (ravioli, beef stew, etc.) and canned vegetables.

Non-perishable food items will also be collected any time on Saturday during the festivities.

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