NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Several service agencies in Nacogdoches County can better help clients in need thanks to a successful food drive held on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus Friday.
Thanksgiving Homebound is doing more and more for the community with each passing year.
"During 2011, they collected 14 meals. This year, we're up to 125," said Jennifer Newquist, an advisor for the Jacks Council on Family Relations.
It was all thanks to the Jacks Council on Family Relations, a group learning how to make families happy. There are only 19 members at SFA, but their commitment abounds.
"I think members have shown pretty well that that commitment has obviously worked pretty well," said Kelsey Ticer, the president of the Jacks Council on Relations.
The small group successfully recruited the participation of numerous university and community members to sponsor a family. The obligation is to collect grocery items for a Thanksgiving meal. Bins and bins were filled with food. A family game and a gift card were added bonuses.
Today the Family Crisis Center of East Texas took delivery of donations for its clients.
"All of our families are survivors of either domestic violence or sexual assault, so they may be going through things like not having financial things," said Quinn Runnells, a Family Crisis Center of East Texas campus advocate.
Other agencies helped, including Solid Foundation, Head Start, and four families from probation.
"I think last year we did like a 107. This year we did 125," said Dysha Collins, a member of the Jacks Council on Family Relations. Next year, we want to do like 200."
It's a commitment that brings thankfulness.
Businesses and individuals who set giving budgets early in the year are encouraged to contact the College of Human Sciences after the holidays. Organizes of Thanksgiving Homebound 2017 welcome anyone's participation.