The People Your "U Can Share" Donations Benefit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/4/07

The People Your "U Can Share" Donations Benefit

In just one day, Lubbockites helped raise more than 105,000 pounds of food and more than $23,000. But the goal is 500,000 pounds of food and $100,000 and you have five more days to participate in the 25th annual "U Can Share Food Drive".

The South Plains Food Bank feeds 18,000 people on a weekly basis through their food boxes, soup kitchens, food pantry's and kid's cafe's. It might surprise you to learn one-third of the people they serve hold jobs and it's your generosity that gets them by when times are tight.

"We always think of food in terms of nourishment, but the really important thing that happens is the sense of hope that comes with every box of food," says David Weaver, the Executive Director of the South Plains Food Bank.

Retiree and Food Bank volunteer Tommy Tidwell never meets the families he benefits.

"I just know there's a lot of needs and a lot of people who are hungry. I thought this would be one way of making a difference, a little contribution," says Tidwell.

Sandra Jonas is thankful for Tidwell's service.

"I wound up having no money because of Christmas and I just had to come and get some food for the month," says Jonas.

The food box Jonas received will feed her over the next seven to ten days. Thousands of other families in this area face a similar situation.

"It's a salvation because when you're on a set income and wind up having no money left after paying your bills it's a great situation because they will take care of you," says Jonas.

What might surprise you is the sacrifice Jonas made years ago. You see Jonas is a Vietnam Veteran barely surviving on a fixed income of $910 a month.

So in a way both Tidwell and Jonas have selflessly served each other without once crossing paths.

"I would encourage everyone to go above and beyond the call of duty and try to donate as much as they can," says Tidwell.

December 3-8, 2007
25th Annual U Can Share Food Drive
The goal is to raise $100,000 in donations and 560,000 pounds of food, enough to fill a dozen 18-wheeler trucks, parked at the United Supermarket at 82nd and Frankford Avenue.

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