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COVID has produced 'strange and surreal' year for SHEM


December 9, 2020

BILL MATTHEWS, left, president of the Sweet Home Rotary Club, hands a $500 check to Cindy Rice of SHEM as an impromptu donation from the Rotarians to cover expenses for the kids backpack program. Behind them is a pile of donated toilet paper contributed by Rotarians last week.

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries has had a "strange and surreal" year, one of its directors told the Sweet Home Rotary Club Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Cindy Rice, who as pantry manager oversees the distribution of food, the nonprofit relief organization's main outreach, said SHEM has been serving more people with fewer volunteer staff resources during the COVID pandemic.

The "100% volunteer" organization has been in Sweet Home nearly 41 years and has impacted thousands of lives, of all ages, Rice said.

SHEM's four outreaches are the Manna Meal dinners served three nights a week at the United Method...

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