Published on May 22, 2014
By Annie Wilson, Journal reporter
Hosting its fourth annual food drive, The Belton Journal is giving away four family pack season passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfuls.
For each non-perishable item donated participants receive one ticket for the drawing. Donations will be accepted at The Journal until 5p.m. on May 30th. Winners will be announced in the June 5 edition.
Susan Gibson, Advertising Manager at the Belton Journal and organizer of the Food Drive said “After we have collected the donations we will take them to Helping Hands Ministry. Last year we collected 347 pounds and we are hoping to be able to take even more this year.”
Helping Hands Ministry is a faith based non-profit organization focused on meeting the needs of people in the local community.
“We are so grateful for the food drive that Belton Journal is putting on,” Thomas Strickland, Director of Community Relations at Helping Hands Ministry, said. “It is very encouraging to have such a supportive community here in Belton.”
Strickland openly shares how the generous donations to Helping Hands makes a difference in the community.
“Recently we delivered food to an older woman who was living with so little and was so hungry that she was down to having just moldy bread with cranberry sauce.” Strickland said “Because of the generous donations from people, we are able to bless individuals like her and alleviate the hunger they suffer from. Helping Hands exists to demonstrate Christ’s Love to those who get left behind.”
Entering summer, Helping Hands is coming up on one of their busiest times of year.
“In 2013 we had people came in and get food, over 105,000 times.” Strickland said “A lot of these people are elderly, disabled and children. Some of them even work but are just not able to make ends meet.”
Helping Hands has initiated a new breakfast program this summer.
“We are going to have breakfast food available to the kiddos.” Strickland “So when the parents come in, they can get a card for each kid and exchange it for breakfast for the week. They can pick out what they want like cereal, eggs, breakfast bars. We have different things put together for them.”
Drop off is at The Belton Journal, 210 N. Penelope Street in Belton, Monday – Friday, 8a.m. to 5p.m. Any questions, call 254-939-5754.