Veterans from the area will take to the store fronts Nov. 23 in an effort to make sure people in need in the area have food.
The William J. Jones Post 7794 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Elkin will host its annual Thanksgiving food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a number of area stores.
“We’ve been doing it for several years, at least 10,” said Post Quartermaster Sam Bishop of the food drive.
He said at least two veterans will be at each of the following stores during the food drive: Ingles in Elkin, Food Lion in Elkin and Jonesville and Dollar General stores in Elkin, Boonville, Jonesville and Hamptonville.
“About 14 of us will be working that day,” Bishop said. “We have close to 70 members, and of that 70, about 25 to 30 are active.”
He said those wanting to make donations can either purchase the food at those stores and donate, bring food with them to drop off, or donate cash.
“We turn everything over to Tri-County Christian Ministries. We hope to collect between, 1,200 and 1,500 pounds of food and have about $300 to $400 in cash donated,” Bishop said.
“Everything collected stays right here locally.”
The VFW post does two food drives a year, the annual Thanksgiving drive and a spring food drive. In addition, the veterans do two Buddy Poppy drives and two blood drives, and they hold the Memorial Day program each year at the park.
“Periodically, throughout the year, if we find a veteran in need, we’ll assist them. We recently repaired a deck on a disabled veteran’s home,” Bishop said.
“We, as a veterans group, do community service, and we feel this is something we can do to give back to the community for the support they give us with the Buddy Poppy drive and other projects, and we know there are some hungry veterans out there,” he said.
The afternoon of the food drive, all of the veterans gather between 2 and 2:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Ministries where the food is offloaded, weighed and turned over to the food bank, Bishop explained.
For those wishing to donate, but can’t get to a store during the scheduled food drive, Bishop said to speak with a customer service representative at one of the participating stores about holding the food for the veterans’ drive or make a donation any time at Tri-County Ministries, 440 W. Main St., Jonesville.
“They are always in need,” Bishop said of Tri-County Ministries.