The Mount Carroll Ministerial Association kicks off its annual Miles of Coins Fund Drive on the last three Saturdays of October — the 16th, the 23rd, and the 30th — at the Mount Carroll Farmers Market.

Association members will be present at the MCMA table and will welcome donations between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on those days.

The money raised provides emergency assistance to members of the surrounding community with immediate basic needs, such as housing, food, utilities, medicine, medical care, or transportation.

During the past year, the MCMA has also provided assistance to local organizations in order to reach even more people in need.

"We are grateful to our local community for their generosity in past years,” the MCMA said. “Many people in Carroll County have been helped by those efforts. We hope to see that same open-hearted generosity again this year."

In addition to giving during the Farmers Market fund drive, individuals, clubs, groups and organizations can also mail donations to the Mount Carroll Ministerial Association, P.O. Box 132, Mount Carroll, Ill., 61053.