Weatherford Democrat

Top News

September 10, 2012

Ninth annual food drive sees success

WEATHERFORD — Center of Hope joined with local certified public accountants Snow Garrett Williams for another successful food drive Saturday.

It was the ninth annual event which helped the non-profit center bring food to its needy clients. Director of Development Linda Livingston said the combination of Center of Hope, Snow Garrett Williams and Walmart made for a dynamite combination.

“Last time we had the food drive here we ended up with a flatbed trailer full of food,” Livingston said.

Executive Director Paula Robinson said Walmart has been a tremendous partner in the whole experience.

“(Store Manager) Brad (Goss) has been nothing short of great to work with on this,” Robinson said. “His willingness and the community’s willingness to help have made this what it is.”

Weatherford Walmart shoppers were given shopping lists as they entered the store, showing the items that were needed, Robinson said. Others decided to make monetary donations.

By lunchtime, a large donation of support had been made. Robinson said every last bit of food will be used.

“We fed around 2,000 people in July alone,” Robinson said. “We normally close our lobby at 2 p.m. on Thursday and we were still full. What we’re running into now is the middle class people who have worked their whole lives finding it’s not enough and having to come for assistance. Everyone’s hurting right now.”

Volunteer Kay Shirley said five buggies had already been emptied before noon at her station by the home section. “It’s really a great cause,” Shirley said.

Young and old alike made donations to the drive. Daniel Musgrave, 9, of Peaster, used his allowance to help some people in need.

“People are needing help, so I want to help,” Musgrave said as he handed a bag of macaroni and cheese and potted meat to a volunteer.

Some parents like Freddie Fisher of Weatherford were trying to use the food drive as a learning experience. His son, Forrest, 7, put two bags into a buggy that had just been emptied.

“We  like doing things like this and am trying to teach him to be generous and realize we have more than many people,” Freddie Fisher said. “I wanted him to give up the Spiderman stuffed toy he won in the machine, but it was the first time he had ever won anything.”

Jamie Gentsch donated for “the good cause.” At her job, employees donate their time at a Fort Worth food pantry. “It feels good to give,” Gentsch said.

No final totals of food collected were available as of press time.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Biz Index 1.jpg Let's get physical

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • EXTENSION NEWS: Take a mind vacation

    For many of us, every day has some sort of stress associated with it. Whether it is something at home or at work, it seems like there are a million things stressing us out and making us feel overwhelmed.

    April 20, 2014

  • VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans’ needs the target of recent discussions

    Ministers responsible for Veterans Affairs and officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States completed a series of meetings April 8-11 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., discussing the latest research, best practices and various areas of collaboration to address the growing needs of veterans.

    April 20, 2014

  • MILLSAP MATTERS: Reunion time approaches

    MILLSAP – For many people this is the time of year that reunions are held. In that light, Millsap alumni will be enjoying their annual school reunion on Saturday, April 26.

    April 20, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: The fox and the hound, plus Max

    Almost without exception, most farms are protected to some degree by guard animals. Dogs and cats are most commonly used to defend against intruders and nuisance pests around the farmstead. In recent years with the proliferation of coyotes, many folks are using guard donkeys or llamas to protect their livestock.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Laws can’t be ignored

    Senator Harry Reid said, “We just can’t let people ignore the law.”

    April 20, 2014

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420 one USAF riders IMG_7940.jpg Riding high

    Members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, preparing to participate in the 12th annual Ride for Heroes in Aledo Saturday, met Friday with their supporters — members of the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford — for a pre-ride photo shoot at the historic courthouse followed by pre-ride carbo loading at Milano’s in Willow Park.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand jury indictments for April returned

    A Parker County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and threatening him with a BB gun before engaging in a brief standoff with deputies.

    April 19, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results