As cold weather moves into Middle Tennessee and the holidays are approaching, the Dickson County Help Center is gearing up for one of the most demanding seasons it faces all year. Not only do the holidays create an increased demand, but families receiving food stamp assistance experience about a five percent cut in benefits this month. The help center is seeking donations to help get through its toughest two months in November and December. In the coming weeks, there will be a number of drives to provide assistance to Dickson County’s needy and help center officials urge everyone to remember those less fortunate. The center is seeking donations of 10-14-pound turkeys and hams to prepare Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings, including dressing, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries and more. The center will begin giving out Thanksgiving baskets at 2 pm Nov. 25. The forecast has extremely cold weather moving into the area tonight, so helping families prepare is also a priority. Donations of coats, gloves, hats, scarves and other winter clothing for children and adults will be needed. These items are made available at discounted prices or for free for qualified families. Energy efficient heaters are needed to assist families without heat in their homes. Cash donations are also welcomed, especially to help with the center’s utility assistance program for families that have trouble keeping the heat on during the winter. The help center’s Thrift Store is now open until 8 pm Thursdays with special sales each week at 4 pm. The center also will participate in Christmas in Downtown on Friday, Dec. 6, with a live nativity, special music and refreshments 5-8 pm. For more information on programs at the Dickson County Help Center, call 441-0076.