This is a time of year when many organizations, businesses and individuals give special attention to helping out the local food shelves.
Mellissa Howe, the owner of Endless Creations Pottery Studio in Chester, found a way to raise money for the Chester Andover Family Center and help a bunch of kids create Christmas presents at the same time. With the assistance of Becky Plunkard and the Respect Club, a group of 33 children came to the studio and made a mug and a Christmas ornament for $15. Howe was able to donate $200 of the money to the family center, and 33 children got to make several Christmas presents for family members. Howe said that her make-your-own-pottery business has been enjoying a very busy season. Endless Creations Pottery Studio owner Melissa Howe sits in front of her kiln, next to a table of mugs and Christmas ornaments waiting to be fired. The mugs and ornaments were created by a number of local children.