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 Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Most of us spend the holiday gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing and pecan pie. After we eat, we can curl up by the fireplace and nap to the sweet sounds of football and family laughter.

Many, however, will celebrate Thanksgiving in a different way. This year has not been kind to many families, especially in Newton County. People have lost their jobs or have had hours cut back due to the economy. Some have lost their homes.

Local food banks help families in need enjoy the simple pleasures that many of us take for granted — a home cooked meal shared with those we love.

Currently, all food pantries are in desperate need of donations to meet an increased demand.

 • The Community Food Pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. It is located at 7125 Turner Lake Circle. For more information call (770) 784-0037.

 • Solid Rock Baptist Church at 8111 Brown Bridge Road operates Willing Helpers Food Pantry. For more information call (678) 342-3434.

 • The Salvation Army store, 5193 Washington Street, can be reached at (770) 786-2107.

 • Repairers of the Breach at 5120 Old Brown Bridge Road can be reached at (770) 787-7250.