On Saturday, countless volunteers will canvass the Neosho area in hopes to collect non- perishable food during the annual Newton County Food Basket Brigade community door-to-door pick up event.
I would like to personally ask readers to look through your cabinets, cupboards, and pantries or even go to the grocery store and purchase some canned food and other non-perishable food items so that others can receive food for Christmas this year.
For a complete story on this, see Wednesday's Neosho Daily News. But for now, here are some facts. First off, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where the volunteers are asking for the non-perishable food in a bag and be put outside on the resident's porch or in a visible site. They will then come by and pick the food up. They may also knock on your door to ask.
Think about it, a can of green beans or corn can feed a family in a household.
For the last few years, I have covered this event, by walking the streets of Neosho with volunteers, and asking them numerous questions. One question comes to mind, "why do this?" Their answer is simple, "neighbors helping neighbors."
Prior to going out this Saturday, you can bet that I will be searching our cabinets for food so that others can have a Christmas dinner and general staples to last at least two weeks.
So if you can, put some non-perishable food outside your home so that others can have food to eat.
It is a busy time in Southwest Missouri, especially with Christmas parades, the food basket brigade, Shop with a Cop, Newton County Christmas for Kids, the Crosslines Toy Drive and other events leading up to Christmas, which is only 19 days away.
Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org