Veterans bring in good size haul after food drive

By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

April 7, 2014

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7794 of Elkin conducted its annual spring food drive on Saturday, with members splitting their time between socializing with the public, collecting the food and unloading the goods at the destination of the Jonesville Tri-County Ministries.

Treasurer Sam Bishop said the effort brought in around 2,165 pounds on the haul. He said he was pleased with the amount but said it did come short of their last food drive that weighed in at 2,300 pounds.

Rickie Southard, Darell Holloway, Sam Bishop, Freddie Couch, Jack Gentry, Steve Bowen, and Clifford Johnson were all veterans that spent their day Saturday helping in the twice-annual fund-raiser.

Couch noted how sometimes it is those that are in need themselves that are found donating the largest amounts.

They raised around $500 and will donate some through the VFW. They will determine the amount at their next meeting on April 22, they said.

Commander Joe Hicks said he enjoyed the fundraiser that is held twice a year. “You know you are helping somebody,” said Hicks.

Several of the veterans from the 7794 Post said a major highlight of their day was socializing with the public in addition to collecting food items for those in need.

Fletcher, who served in Germany, said, helping someone “not be hungry” ranks of high importance to him.

Tri-County representative Heather Macy said “We know that this community is in need…We think it is important. I hate to think about people being hungry.” She added that the veterans that once fought for the country are now continuing to fight, but for food for the needy around them.

Iva Dean Dobbins said Karen Holloway with the local Women’s Auxiliary said they enjoyed their day at Dollar General socializing with the public and helping out by asking for food donations.

Dobbins said “I volunteer to help out the VFW, I can’t stand the thought of children or the elderly being hungry.” The cancer survivor said she believes God left her here to help take care of the elderly and feed people.

Holloway said. “We are our brother’s keepers,” and to look after those in need is important to her, she said.

“We are to love God first and love our neighbor as ourself,” added Holloway.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.