In just a few days many of us will warm up our ovens to prepare our Christmas meal, but for some people the holidays mean hard times. And that's where the South Plains Food Bank comes in.
There are many ways to say Merry Christmas, but saying it with actions instead of words requires a little more work. Take a look at how Lubbock volunteers are helping others enjoy the holidays. South Plains Food Bank volunteers braved a cold morning distributing baskets of food and a bit of holiday cheer.
"Today we began our Christmas distribution of all the food boxes and other items that people have given us. The people that are coming by today have been screened by churches and social service agencies here in Lubbock and have been given a voucher and they're coming by and picking up the food boxes that we have," said Executive Director David Weaver.
More than 150 volunteers from various groups are donating their time and energy to load cars with turkey's, hams, and all the trimmings for needy families this holiday season. "We have a large group from First United Methodist Church here. We have Boy Scouts, people from McDougal Properties that are here. There is a group from Levelland that is here today," says Weaver.
For the food bank suppling goods to everyone is an everyday job, but Weaver says the holidays make it even more important. "The needs of the hungry are with us throughout the year but I think they're particularly poignant at the holiday season. We think about friends and family. If Lubbock had not come together these people would be doing without, and I think it makes a tremendous statement to these people that only are we feeding their stomachs but we're feeding their hearts," says Weaver.
If you'd like to help someone else out this holiday season here is your chance. The food bank will be distributing food on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Christmas Eve, from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the food bank at 763-3003 for more information.