The Kewaunee County Department of Human Services is asking the community to “Be a Shining Star” this holiday season and make a donation to the fifth annual “Giving for Sara” Food Drive to help stock the shelves at the Kewaunee County Food Pantry.

The fundraiser is in the memory of Sara Malay, who was serving as the Aging Services Unit Director in the Department of Human Services for Kewaunee County when she died Oct. 7, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

In the last four years, Kewaunee County Human Services has collected and donated more than seven tons of food to the Kewaunee County Food Pantry in Algoma.

“Sara was so passionate about helping others and that inspires us to give back,” says Kim Vandermoss, an economic support specialist with the department. “Each donation makes a difference, big or small, it doesn’t matter and that’s because we’re in this together.”

Kewaunee County Human Services is also collecting paper and personal hygiene products and accepting monetary donations, as part of their initiative to assist others in Kewaunee County.

Those who wish to write out a check, should make it out to the Kewaunee County Food Pantry and drop it off at the Kewaunee County Department of Human Services, 810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216 during business hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For each monetary contribution, donors can place a star on the Christmas “Memory Tree” in the lobby of the Department of Human Services, and for every donation of nonperishable healthy food items and/or paper and personal hygiene items, donors can put an ornament on the tree.

Donations can be made through Dec. 22.

Healthy donation suggestions to consider

Food Items: Canned chicken or tuna (packed in water), canned fruit/fruit cups (packed in fruit juice or water), canned vegetables, canned tomato products, canned beans, creamed soups (i.e. Healthy Request), cereal bars, healthy cereals (i.e. Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Chex, Life, Kix, Oatmeal Squares), oatmeal or cream of wheat, nuts, spaghetti sauce, whole grain pasta.

Paper/hygiene items: Paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, tissues, feminine pads/tampons, diapers (any size), baby wipes, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash with fluoride, dish soap.