'Food for Families' collects canned goods

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Many needy families in the region will have their cabinets filled with food this Christmas, thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.
WTVA and other area businesses, including the Daily Journal, have teamed up for the Food for Families holiday drive and a collection day was held Friday in Fairpark.
Hundreds of cans of food were collected, and Emily Leonard, community relations and promotions director at WTVA, said all the food collected Friday would go to homes in Lee County.
“We have had a tremendous turnout so far,” said Leonard. “As always, people in Lee County and Northeast Mississippi have stepped up to support a good cause and to help their neighbors. I think today’s food drive has been a success.”
The beds of four trucks were filled with the canned goods. Dossett Big 4 offered the use of the trucks.
Rachel Penson was one of the many people who donated food, dropping off three bags of canned goods.
“I’ve been in situations in my life where I needed help with food,” said Penson. “So now that I am able to give a little and help someone else, I’m going to do so.”
Cheryl McCord said she’d been saving canned goods for the past few weeks to donate.
“Bottom line is people need help,” said McCord. “People are really out there starving and we shouldn’t just sit by and watch it happen.”
Rudy Dossett III said donating usage of the trucks was a no-brainer.
“This is a good thing to do this time of year,” he said. “This is going to help a lot of families and that’s just a feel-good situation for everyone.”
danza.johnson@journalinc.com