Donations sought for food baskets


The Brooklyn Church of the Nazarene needs donations to help stock its food pantry and to provide meals at its Sunday soup kitchen.

The pantry and the soup kitchen provide more than 200 meals a month to the needy. The pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

The church prepares 100 food baskets for families at Thanksgiving and more at Christmas. The church's pastor, the Rev. Dennis Hancock, said he fears that unless more donations come in soon, the church may not be able to make as many baskets this year.

Only green beans and pork and beans occupy the pantry's cupboards now, he said. Ideally, it would be stocked with items ranging from small boneless hams to cheeses and cereals, Mr. Hancock said.

The soup kitchen relies on the contributions of citizens, businesses and churches for food donations. The church is allotted $10,000 a year to buy items for the pantry and soup kitchen. Volunteers and other contributions are always needed.

The church is at 120-122 Audrey Ave. in Brooklyn Park, just off Ritchie Highway. For more information, call 789-4523.

Boy, 9, assaulted, robbed of $1.05

A 9-year-old boy was assaulted by two other boys as he walked home from school yesterday and robbed of $1.05, police said.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m. near an alley behind the 5300 block of Brookwood Road in Brooklyn Park.

The victim, who lives in the 400 block of Church St., also in Brooklyn Park, was walking home with his two sisters when he was approached by two boys -- both of whom were described as 8 or 9 years old.

One of the boys pushed the victim to the ground then grabbed his "Spy Camera," which contained the money. The assailants fled on foot.

The victim was not seriously injured, police said.

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