December is truly a time to help your neighbors.

December is truly a time to help your neighbors.

On Saturday, countless volunteers will canvass the Neosho area in hopes to collect non-perishable food items during the annual Newton County Food Basket Brigade community door-to-door pickup event.
I would like to personally ask you, the readers, to look through your cabinets, cupboards, and pantries or even go to the grocery store and purchase some canned food, canned vegetables 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 around 12:30 p.m. The organizers are asking that you set some items for this cause outside your front door. They will then come by and pick the food up. They may also knock on your door to ask.

Think about it, one can of green beans or a can of corn can help 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.”

Before 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.
This year, the food brigade’s goal is to gather 120,000 pounds of food and feed 1,200 families a traditional Christmas dinner and two weeks of staples thereafter.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at Follow him on twitter at @toddghigdonNDN.