A number of businesses across Carthage, led by Becky Andrews at Lillian James and Company, are collecting items to help the Carthage Crisis Center help more people.

A number of businesses across Carthage, led by Becky Andrews at Lillian James and Company, are collecting items to help the Carthage Crisis Center help more people.
Andrews said businesses including Bloom Boutique, Cornerstone Dental, Grace Lanes, Life Captured Photography and Jackson Tire have joined Lillian James, the boutique at the corner of Third and Grant Street on the Square, to collect toiletries and other items for residents of the Carthage Crisis Center.
People who donate toiletry items or items such as anti-acid or cold medicine can enter into a drawing for a gift basket of items donated by each business.
“The community has been so good to us that the girls and I here at Lillian James wanted to give something back to the community,” Andrews said. “When you investigate a little into the Crisis Center you realize how much they do for the community. People don't realize how many meals they serve, how many beds they provide to families, men, women and children and that they provide food to food pantries when they can. So we wanted to reach out with other businesses to help them help others.”
Andrews said each business has a drop box and anyone who donates any of the items on a list at those businesses can enter the drawing.
If they win the gift basket, they can keep it or regift some of those items, whatever they want to do.
Andrews said this is the first year for this initiative, but if it goes well, she and the other businesses have plans to expand it.
“These are things people don't think about someplace like the Crisis Center needing,” Andrews said. “We think about clothes and other items like that, but there's more to caring for people in need.”