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Food for needy projects

Efforts to collect food to help the needy this holiday season are coming from individuals, offices, schools, organizations and churches.

There are needs and many of these needs are being met through such efforts, thanks to the generosity of concerned county citizens.

There is no argument that help is needed. Concern arises when questions are asked and answers do not seem to correspond with the questions.

Then come questions of who is collecting food items who will benefit and who is in charge. Although the efforts are commendable, reasoning behind some may be murky.

As in nearly every charitable endeavor, someone comes along with good intentions, but personalities and results become involved.

This, in no way, is an indictment against endeavors by known and established groups. We hope this does not negatively impact efforts to help feed the needy of the community at this holiday season, or when any need arises.

One such effort involves county school bus drives, the school system transportation department and the public.

Schools buses will be rolling Saturday, but not to take students to and from school. This ride is for turkeys, the kind most folks enjoy at Thanksgiving.

Folks are asked to help “Stuff the Bus” with turkeys Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the buses are parked at seven area stores.

The turkeys will be delivered to families identified by school officials, principals and counselors as eligible to receive the gift of food.

Bus drivers have volunteered to deliver them to the families.

Seeing the big yellow buses Saturday will be a reminder of this effort to feed fellow county families.

There are other collection points where non-perishable food items can be left.

Give and say a prayer of thanks.

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