Rome Community Theater to conduct toy drive to benefit Loaves and Fishes

Published Dec 7, 2017 at 4:00pm

Rome Community Theater will be conducting a Toy Drive for Loaves and Fishes,  a non-profit organization, during the production of Radium Girls, tonight through Sunday, Dec. 7-10.

There will be a box for patrons to put toys into in the lobby. An RCT volunteer will be there offering donors a $5 discount on that evening’s performance. The toys will be given to disadvantaged children in the area.

The Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, 401 N. Washington St., serves the homeless, elderly, disabled and children who suffer from the lack of basic human needs: material needs, such as food, clothing, and household necessities; psychological needs, such as motivation, self-esteem, and rehabilitation; and social needs, such as support systems and meaningful relationships.

In order to serve as a positive healing force in the spirits and lives of needy individuals, the Soup Kitchen strives to provide encouragement, direction, and material assistance to promote growth and wholesome independence with respect and dignity, according to the RCT announcement.

Everyone who comes to Loaves and Fishes for assistance is welcomed, without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, religious preference, handicap or income, the agency says, adding that its mission is to feed those who are hungry in the Rome/Oneida County area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

The Soup Kitchen is a non-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Youth Pastor Anthony DeJean Sr. is the agency’s executive director.