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For the first time, the Douglas County Department of Human Services and the sheriff’s office teamed up to donate canned food and other nonperishable items to the Help and Hope Center this holiday season.

Through the food drive competition, the sheriff’s office brought in 967 pounds of food and the department of human services gathered 625 pounds.

The Help and Hope Center serves Douglas and Elbert County residents experiencing economic difficulties, homelessness and other crises. They provide food, toiletries, clothing, housing assistance, employment assistance and other services. 

“If you or someone you know could use a little extra help this holiday season, or any other time during the year, please don’t hesitate to contact the Help and Hope Center,” according to a post from the sheriff’s office.

Donations to the nonprofit organization can be made through arranging a pick-up or drop-off with their team. More information is available at helpandhopecenter.org/donate.