Knox County officials will host an event to collect donations of non-perishable food, goods and money for the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and the Humane Society of Knox County on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Knox County Courthouse in Rockland.

Representatives from the food pantry and animal shelter will be on hand to accept donations as well as provide information and answer questions about their services. Also at Knox County Feed Our Friends will be representatives from the Knox County Animal Response Team, the Knox County Emergency Management Agency and the Knox Regional Communications Center 911 Public Education Unit.

Don Carrigan from WLBZ 2 and WCSH 6 News and the infamous Togus the Cat will be there to show their support.

During the month of January, five locations within Knox County will serve as collection points for donations of money, food and other products, which will then be collected and brought to the courthouse on the day of the event. Collections will also be accepted the day of the event at the courthouse. Any donations made by check must be made out to the specific organization (either the AIO Food Pantry or Humane Society of Knox County).

The main office at Camden-Rockport Middle School will be a collection point for donations of non-perishable food and items from the Humane Society’s wish list; they will not collect money or sell raffle tickets.

The following are collection points for donations of money, food and other goods: The Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden, The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland, Hoboken Gardens in Rockport and the Knox County Administration Office at the courthouse in Rockland. The four locations will also sell raffle tickets, the prizes for which have been donated by local businesses. Raffle tickets are $2 each or five tickets for $8 and can only purchased with cash, as the money will be split between the two organizations. Names will be drawn for the prizes at the end of the event at the courthouse.

The Humane Society of Knox County and Gail Richards at Camden-Rockport Elementary School will also sell raffle tickets.

For more information, including links to the participating businesses and organizations, the wish list for the Humane Society of Knox County, as well as a continually updated list of prizes that can be won from the raffle, visit For more information, to donate a raffle prize or help with the event, e-mail A snow date has been set for Saturday, Feb. 27. The event will take place on the ground floor of the courthouse, using the High Street entrance and the County Commissioners Hearing Room.