NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A big thank you goes out to those East Texans who brought can goods to the KTRE Pineywoods Fair Food drive.
Some East Texans brought can goods out of pure generosity. Others gladly accepted the incentive of ride discounts. Everyone made the bottom line look better than ever.
"Last year we have a little over 3,000 cans and this year we were right at 4,000," said Laura, a KTRE account executive and the food drive's chair.
By Thursday morning, all that food was divided between three deserving agencies. Harvest House and Project H.O.P.E. receive food from a regional food bank, but donations from their neighbors are appreciated more than ever.
"Because I'm seeing more signs up lately," said David Fears There are more people coming in."
"We got a lot of people that come to the food bank," said Jackie Haley, a Project H.O.P.E. board member. "We got over a 100 - 100 or more people a week now."
Godtel doesn't hand out groceries, but instead cooks them up for the homeless. Eighty percent of the food Godtel serves is collected through food drives. It makes a big difference in the food bill.
"I mean we just got 26 to 27 boxes of food, you know, and I'm guessing probably 50 cans per box," said Royce Oliver, the director of Godtel, "The math adds up pretty fast."
During peak collection times, the boxes filled rapidly. The assembly line kept moving thanks to eager volunteers.
"We had a lot of great help from the Nacogdoches Jaycees, as well as the Phi Delta Theta fraternity from Stephen F. Austin," Reina said. We wouldn't be able to do this without them."
The willingness of the Pineywoods Fair's organizers and its guests played a big role as well. Several thousand cans were collected and handed out in less than 24 hours.
It all shows that East Texans are willing to pitch in and help.
The KTRE Food Drive is over, but the need for donated food never goes away, particularly as the holidays approach.