Not all people have food, shelter, and the basic necessities of life. They need help just to survive.

Helping people in desperate need is a big job for frontline organizations like the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. They can’t go it alone. They need help from the community.

During this season of giving, Hammontonians can chip in by supporting two community conscious service clubs at Hammonton High School.

The Interact Club and the Key Club are inviting students and staff to participate in their “Blessings in a Bag” service project. The program will be collecting toiletries, personal items, and non-perishable foods for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission now through Dec. 16. Donation boxes are located in the main lobby of the high school.

The Hammonton Rotary Club, which sponsors the Hammonton High School Interact Club, is providing support by donating 75 hats, 75 pairs of socks, 75 chapsticks and 40 toothbrushes. The students’ goal is to collect 100 bags of items for donation to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

Toiletries being collected include toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, dental floss, soap, deodorant, travel size shampoo and conditioner, icombs and brushes, bandaids, all-purpose wipes, chapstick, and toothbrush covers.

Personal items being collected include new socks, hats (beanies), gloves, scarves, hand warmer packs, foot warmers, gallon size Ziploc bags, pens and pencils, stationery pads, and stamps.

Non-perishable foods include granola bars, energy bars, tuna cracker packs, trail mix, beef jerky, fruit snacks, raisins, peanuts, gum/hard candy, hot cocoa/spiced cider mixes, and instant coffee.

Items bought in bulk will be accepted only if they are individually wrapped or packaged.

For information on how you can help email