On Saturday, Neosho residents are asked to put non-perishable food outside their doors so that volunteers with the Newton County Food Basket Brigade will come by and pick the food up for this year's Food Basket Brigade.

On Saturday, Neosho residents are asked to put non-perishable food outside their doors so that volunteers with the Newton County Food Basket Brigade will come by and pick the food up for this year's Food Basket Brigade.

According to Terry Cook, president of the Newton County Food Basket Brigade, "the community-wide pick up will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. After the volunteers pick up the non-perishable food, they will take it to the Newton County Fairgrounds where more volunteers will sort the food for our distribution day which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, also at the fairgrounds."

Thus far, between 700 to 800 families have signed up to receive the food on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Thursday, Dec. 7, is the last day to sign up to receive the food. Families can do so by going to the Neosho Help Center, near Skateland from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When signing up you must show proof that you are a Newton County resident by bringing a current ID, a utility bill, Social Security Card and a current telephone number.

"We just appreciate everyone's help, we appreciate everyone's giving, it just means so much," said Cook. "Unfortunately in Newton County, the need is there. And we want to help whomever we can."