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Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 11:24 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 11:26 a.m. CST

Choices Christian Bookstore, located at 101 W. Second St. in Newton, will be hosting a community food drive through Monday to celebrate Christian Store Week, with all food items going to the Salvation Army food pantry.

“Because of the continuing recession and high unemployment, there is a growing need for local families and children to rely on community support,” said Julie Jones of Choices. “We want to help that need.”

In addition to the food drive, Choices will offer a CD compilation featuring Christian songs, spoken word and e-book tracks in return for a donation to World Vision U.S. food and anti-poverty programs. As a result of donations by retailers, musicians and publishers, 100 percent of the donations from the CD, titled “Lift Up: Artists and Authors Unite to Feed America’s Hungry Children,” will go to World Vision U.S.

Choices will be offering a gift in exchange for any food donation, and will offer 10 percent off the purchase of one in-stock, non-sale item in exchange for 10 food items.

Christian Store Week is a volunteer initiative during which Christian stores create individual campaigns designed to benefit local food pantries, ministry outreach programs and various other public service agencies. 

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that works in nearly 100 countries to help children and families overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision’s U.S. division works to provide academic support, school supplies, hygiene items and household products in addition to hunger resources to communities in need.

Nicole Wiegand can be contacted at (641) 792-3121 ext. 422 or via email at nwiegand@newtondailynews.com.