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BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) -- Snead State Community College is working on two different community drives, and both of them will benefit organizations that are helping people who need it.

Inside a building in Albertville, Linda Henry and her staff of volunteers talk cheerfully as they work straighten items that were scattered out-of-place by a rush of people who came through just moments before.

They work with those dozens of people every day at a food pantry, handing out items to those in need.

"I am the executive director of Marshall County Christian Services," Henry explains.

The non-profit organization serves the entire county through multiple avenues. One of those is the food pantry in Albertville.

"Through our food pantry, we're seeing about 60 people every day," Henry says.

They also pack up boxes for families to take home to last for a couple of weeks. Needless to say the food flies off of the shelves quickly.

Down the road in Boaz, a group of people work to pile cans, boxes of cereal, and crinkly plastic containers of noodles in an orderly fashion.

"We're trying to give back to our community so we're doing a food bank and involving our students, and hopefully it will help someone else," Marie Smith says.

Smith is the Director of TRiO Programs at Snead State Community College.

Multiple organizations and agencies collect donations for Marshall County Christian Services, and the college is too.

"Any non-perishable items we'll accept," Smith says "They can bring them here to the TRiO office."

Everything is welcome.

"I think we serve as mentors, and we try to mentor the students to give back to the community," Smith says.

Over at the food pantry run by Marshall County Christian Services, those collected items go a long way.

"Our prayer is always that God will get the glory in everything that we do, because this is his ministry," Henry says.

You can drop off any non perishable items to the  TRiO office at the Student Union Building at Snead State Community College in Boaz.

The drive ends December 11.

 Another Drive, Another Good Cause 

Over at McCain Student Success and Career Center, there's a box full of donated art supplies that Director of Campus Engagement Brittany Goble hopes will grow.

The college is hosting a community art supply drive.

"The good thing about this, this can be things that are just lying around your house that you're not using; it can be gently used, so you don't have to go out and spend a lot of money to donate," Goble says.

Any kind of art supplies are welcome.

The project is aimed at benefiting the community, and it will.

A few cities over, in Guntersville, is the Mountain Valley Arts Council.

"It is a council that has been around for 45 years that brings the arts to Marshall County and celebrates the arts that are already here in Marshall County," Secretary Becky Scheinert says.

The organization has been collecting art supplies at events in the area.

The supplies get donated to organizations that help under-privileged children and children involved court processes county-wide. "The arts are important and there's only so much the school systems can do, and for particularly those students that don't have all of those opportunities, this is a way we can reach out and nurture some of the budding artists in our county," Scheinert says.

The college is joining the organization in that effort to help.

"They did reach out to us needing those items, so we're trying to make sure that they get them," Goble says.

Those supplies will go from Boaz, then to Guntersville and into the hands of kids to help them grow.

You can bring art supplies to the Boaz campus of the college at the McCain Student Success and Career Center.

The drive runs until Monday.