MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. (WFXR) — A new non-profit organization in central Virginia is expected to launch in just a few weeks. It’s a community space in Madison Heights called ‘Madison House of the Arts.’

The organization will serve as a pantry and a creative space where people of all ages can go to express themselves with other local artists.

On Sunday, Oct. 17, the nonprofit held a food and clothing drive to stock their rooms.

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The organization’s founder, Chris Townsend, says he found himself taking advantage of community programs during the coronavirus pandemic, and this is his way of giving back.

“It’s basically going to allow us to open up our doors to have coffee and water for anybody that needs it,” Townsend said. “They can come in and bring a bag, fill up with what they need, and then they can leave. But at the same time, they can see art that’s on the walls and hang out with us.”

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Townsend is also offering a music program at the facility and says he’s looking forward to offering more to the Lynchburg area in the future.

The pantry will open its doors on Nov. 8.

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