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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jun. 15, 2020 7 months ago

Halifax Urban Ministries distributes grocery bags for families

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Volunteers with Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront are helping Halifax Urban Ministries pack grocery bags for its food distribution event. 

HUM is coordinating the weekly events at the Ocean Center to help families in need during the current coronavirus crisis, according to a press release.

Volunteers help pack groceries for HUM's food distributions. Courtesy photo

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished when a group of people come together to meet needs in the community," said Buck James, HUM executive director, in the press release. "We are so thankful for the participation of Hilton staff to help us make grocery bags for distribution in Volusia County." 

Each week, HUM staff, along with 40-50 community volunteers, make 1,700 grocery bags containing bread, fruit and canned goods for local families. The bags are distributed to partner agencies across Volusia. 

HUM is still seeking more volunteers. Visit

Local food pantry open every Friday

Halifax Urban Ministries and the St. James Episcopal Church sponsor a food pantry every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church is located at 38 S. Halifax Drive. For more information, call 677-0872.

Artist's work on display in South Carolina

"May Twilight," by Daniel Ambrose. Courtesy photo

An Ormond Beach artist will exhibit his coastal-themed painting at a South Carolina gallery from June 27 to July 25. 

Daniel Ambrose, an egg tempera artist, said in a press release that he has found solace painting familiar coastal landscapes and birds during the past three months. He makes his own paint using a 15th century Italian recipe of egg yolks and natural earth pigments. 

His exhibition at the Cheryl Newby Gallery is composed of about a dozen paintings. Visit

Free face masks for deaf population

Lions Clubs in District 35-0 are providing free face masks for the deaf and hard of hearing population.

The masks have a clear vinyl mouth window to allow others to see and read lips and facial expressions, according to a press release. The Clubs are also providing face shields. These come at no cost and family, friends and associates of the deaf population are eligible to receive them.

Email [email protected] for more information.

Church collecting donations for Family Renew

Tomoka United Methodist Church, located at 1000 Old Tomoka Road, is accepting donations of food, diapers, toilet paper and coloring books for children, to go to Family Renew Community, every Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.

The biggest needs are for non-perishable food, basic hygiene items such as shampoo and soap, and things for children. No clothing items are currently being accepted. Call 615-0800 for more information.

Donation drive for local rescue

S&P Stables Inc. and Horse Rescue will hold its first-annual donation drive on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The horse rescue, located at 663 Pineland Trail, is seeking donations of hay, feed, dewormers and other care supplies for horses. Dog and cat food is also requested, and monetary donations will also be accepted. Proceeds will be shared other local rescues as needed. 

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