Catholic Charities is closed on New Year’s Day. But hunger never takes a holiday says Catholic Charities Executive Director Dixie Shaw. “People are not just needing help at Christmas time and Thanksgiving you know you eat more than those holiday meals you eat everyday and you need help everyday.” Which is why Shaw is admittedly concerned the number of food donations might start to dwindle with the holidays now over. On New Year’s Eve, she received a call from a trucking company of a generous donation of several pallets of milk that will be distributed to needy families next week via the food bank. In addition to that, Catholic Charities just received a whopping two thousand dollars from a local masonic lodge. And she says over the holidays the giving kept coming. Shaw says”I want to say a big thank you to the people of Aroostook County they really outdid themselves this year I should never be surprised by the generosity I see in the county people really do care and take care of each other.” That care, not just came in food donations but money. She says they were about the same in monetary donations as last year…exceeding more than 15 thousand dollars. “The donation base this year as far as cash went was about even to what we received last year which to me is even greater because the economy is so hard and things just continue to get harder and harder for folks,” says Shaw. And with those challenges, Shaw says its important Catholic Charities continue to think outside of the box and brainstorm new ways to meet the hunger need. She says she’s excited about what’s on the horizon for 2014, expanding on ideas launched last year and PLANTING MORE SEEDS for the future. “We’re increasing our farm, we have our own farm and that will be expanding and growing and that helps us to have locally grown nutritious food right here for people in Aroostook County.” Shaw concludes the interview by adding Catholic Charities will gladly accept food and monetary donations from neighbors willing to help other neighbors in need. Shawn Cunningham, NS 8.