Published November 27, 2014
By Patrick Lacombe, The Belton Journal
More than 30 people braved the dark clouds and wind last Friday as they helped gather food and boxed it up in the H-E-B parking lot in Belton for the Helping Hands Ministry Christmas Food Drive.
Troops from the Texas National Guards 36th Sustainment Brigade, along with volunteers representing Student Vets of America from Vista College in Killeen, Boy Scout Troop 153 of Temple and members of Helping Hands Ministry, sorted through the tons of groceries, placing them in the correct boxes, which were then placed on pallets and loaded into a 40-foot H-E-B trailer awaiting transport to the Helping Hands Ministry warehouse in Belton.
“I think we’ve taken in about 10,000 pounds of food so far, and it’s not yet noon,” Lt. Sherry Klander with the Texas National Guard said. “We’ve had a great response so far and everybody is in the giving spirit.”
Sidney Sherwood was there helping and representing Boy Scout Troop 153.
“This is my sixth year doing this,” Sherwood said. “I like to help others that can’t help themselves.”
The Student Veterans of America club from Vista College in Killeen were also doing their part to feed the hungry. Club President Greg Anderson was busy separating groceries and then boxing them up.
“This is our first year to participate in the food drive, but I’m hoping to get involved every year,” Anderson said. “We had a food drive at our school, and a veteran asked if we wanted to help out with the Helping Hands food drive and we said yes. We’re happy to help them because they bless so many people.”
Sandra Addison of Belton stopped to drop off three bags of groceries at the collection tent.
“We (my family and I) are fortunate because I have a job, my husband has a job, our kids are healthy, and we just want to share our good fortunes with those less fortunate than us,” Addison said.
Samantha Hollas of Holland said, “We drop food off every year at different collection points. Last year we donated to our church food drive but I came here today to grocery shop and saw the trucks in the parking lot, so I grabbed a few extra items to donate.”
Helping Hands Ministry serves more than 3,400 people weekly.