Operation Food Drive Delivers
Each year during the holiday season, the employees exchange gifts. This year was different as they looked outside the department and focused on the community.
At the beginning of December an email was sent from the operations department to Chandler and Brownsboro Intermediate and Elementary schools as well as to Brownsboro High School – it explained the change. This year, rather than buying gifts for each other, they held a canned food, toy and clothing drive, to help the families in the area with needs.
The schools were on board so they made, printed and sent flyers home with the students. In response the parents sent the children to school with canned goods, coats, clothes and toys.
There, operations employees loaded it into the back of the Director of Operations Kevin McCarthy’s pickup truck, “Big Red.” A short ride down the road and the goods were handed over to Rock Hill Baptist Church Food Pantry organizer Sherry Parker. Parker thanked BISD for the surprise donations and assured them it would be distributed to those in need.
Parker said she was surprised because the schools had just finished a food drive that benefited God’s Open Hands in Chandler for the Thanksgiving holiday and the Pantry was not expecting such an abundance of items.
Rock Hill Baptist Church Food Pantry opens its doors to those in need every third Saturday of the month. Most of the clothing items Rock Hill gives away are from individual donations and from coat drives held by Henderson County 4-H Club – most food items are purchased at deep discounts from East Texas Food Bank in Tyler.
Money for the food comes mainly from two sources, Wednesday night dinners at Rock Hill Baptist Church, which is an “all you can eat” home cooked meal for $5, and the other portion of the funds comes from the church itself. The church puts a percentage of the monthly tithes into an account specifically for purchasing food from East Texas Food Bank in Tyler.
Last month, Parker said, the pantry helped feed 453 individuals families in the Chandler/ Brownsboro area.
Rock Hill Baptist Church Food Pantry opened its doors Dec. 21, just days before Christmas, to give away the gifts provided by BISD employees and families.