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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Bring the Harvest Home donation drive returns to Ocala this week

An annual food and toiletry donation drive is being held in downtown Ocala this week.

The 10th Annual Bring the Harvest Home returns to Ocala’s Downtown Square on Friday, December 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event allows for local residents and businesses to help those in need during the holiday season by participating in the annual donation drive.

Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant said, “We encourage our community to pull together again and help ‘bring the harvest home’ in support of Marion County’s less fortunate residents during this special season.”

The most needed items this holiday season include:

  • Dry foods and goods (rice, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, and jelly). Plastic containers are preferred.
  • Canned meats (corned beef, corned beef hash, ham, and tuna).
  • Canned vegetables and fruit.
  • Baby items (baby cereal, diapers, and lotion).
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and toilet paper).

Donations can be dropped off ahead of time at locations across Marion County, as well as during the December 3 event on Ocala’s Downtown Square.

Drop-off locations include: public libraries, city and county fire stations, Marion County Solid Waste recycling centers, sheriff’s district offices, tax collector offices, Ocala Police Department, supervisor of elections, Ocala city hall, Marion County administration, and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.

The donated goods will benefit the Salvation Army, Interfaith Emergency Services, and Brother’s Keeper.

For more information and a full list of drop-off locations, visit the Bring the Harvest Home website.