Thea Kincaid started the event in 2003 to bring national marketing vendors to New Bern and introduce them to her clients. Then four years ago she was inspired to add the RCS collection: “After visiting the RCS soup kitchen and seeing their need for donations in the summertime, I felt the food drive was important. And the community support for it has been overwhelming.”
Business owners and non-profit organizers are encouraged to attend this marketing expo. Those who bring a donation (food or monetary) for RCS, will get to take home a Bouge Sound watermelon fresh from Garner Farms in Newport.
This year, there are also Christmas in July RCS collection sites scattered throughout the city to encourage people to support the food bank during the summer. The collection points are:
The Graphics Shack – 981 Old US Highway 70 W
Top Shelf Consignment – 206 Craven St
First Citizens Bank – 305 Broad St, 3490 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, and 1600 U.S. 70
Mitchell Hardware – 215 Craven St.
Pepsi Store – 256 Middle St
DoubleTree by Hilton – 100 Middle St
Kincaid Family Dentistry – 635 McCarthy Blvd
“This is an especially tough time for families with school age children. By working together, we really can make it Christmas in July for those families,” notes Thea. The donations will be collected and delivered to RCS on Thursday, July 17 as part of the Christmas in July event.
For more information go to theasideas.com and click on Christmas in July.
Submitted by: Jane Maulucci, The Reactive Voice