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Fundraising dinner scheduled as Needline struggles to keep up with community need

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 altBENTON - With a continuing downturn in the economy, many area organizations offering public assistance report increased numbers in unserviceable requests, from a lack of funding in heating assistance subsidies to empty shelves at local food pantries, the headline seems to be, it's tough all over.
Among those struggling to provide is the Marshall County Caring Needline Center in Benton which is reporting while the number of people needing assistance is up, donations used to help fill this need are down.
Needline representative Melonie Chambers has issued a plea for help to the community, asking those who can to please attend a fundraising event scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crossroads restaurant in Hardin.

Chambers said the owners of the restaurant have graciously agreed to open their doors, donating half of the proceeds from all meal tickets to Needline along with 100 percent of tips and donations.
The menu is set to include options of chopped steak, Reed’s chicken, or a half order of the catfish dinner, along with a choice of baked potato, fries and tater tots as well as salad, slaw and a drink.
Take-outs will be available. Anyone bringing in a non-perishable food item will receive a free homemade dessert.
Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for children.
Chambers said while plans to provideannual Thanksgiving baskets to the community are in the works for next month, additional help is needed now.
Tickets are available at the office of the County Judge-Executive, at Needline and will also be available at the door Monday night.
For those who would like to help, but may not be able to attend the fundraising event, Needline Director Becky Cornwell reports shelves of the Needline food pantry are low, and all non-perishable food donations would be greatly appreciated.