The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

December 4, 2012

Help feed the hungry

ENID, Okla. — ’Tis the season to be generous, so why not help local children in need?

Enid News & Eagle readers again will have the opportunity to participate in the Community Christmas Card to raise money for the Food for Kids backpack program in Garfield County.

The backpack program was started in Oklahoma City by an elementary school principal who observed a student eating from trash cans behind the school cafeteria.

Enid News & Eagle was the first newspaper in the state to organize the effort to support the backpack program, but more newspapers have become interested through the Oklahoma Press Association.

The idea to donate the proceeds to the backpack program came about several years ago when then-Managing Editor Cindy Allen heard Gail Wynne speak to the Enid Rotary Club about Food for Kids.

During the Christmas season, the News & Eagle asks readers to participate in signing a Community Christmas Card that will be published in a Christmas edition of the newspaper. Donors are asked to give a minimum of $1 per name they wish to place on the card.

All proceeds from the Community Christmas Card go to the local schools for their Food for Kids backpack program. The program is sponsored through Oklahoma Regional Food Bank.

The program provides backpacks filled with non-perishable food items to children in Garfield County schools who have been identified as chronically hungry. The backpacks are given out on Fridays to the students at school.

Families, church groups, individuals and even businesses sign the card each year. The card will publish as a full-page advertisement in a Christmas edition of the newspaper, either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Readers may sign the Community Christmas Card by coming by the Enid News & Eagle office, 227 W. Broadway, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or by mailing a check to Community Christmas Card, c/o Enid News & Eagle, P.O. Box 1192, Enid, OK 73702.

We want to thank our readers for their support in the past for this important project. Our readers have been very generous and compassionate to Food for Kids.

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