Every year for decades we have sponsored a Christmas-season food and fund drive with ACCESS to help the agency fill its pantries for the coming cold months. Every year, it seems, we need to put out a plea for one last generous effort from our readers to help get the drive to its goal.
This year is no different, as the Food for Hope drive is running behind on its goals of bringing in 30,000 pounds of food and $30,000. But, rather than work up a plea to tug at your heartstrings, we thought we'd simply pass along some of the facts provided us by ACCESS.
If you need convincing, consider these facts from the agency's efforts in fiscal year 2013:
You can make a difference. A donation of $30 can feed a family of four for a month. Make it $90 and help three families for a month. It may pinch your budget, but it will help people for whom living with a pinched budget often means choosing between paying the rent and putting food on the table.
Help them, please, in this season of giving. You can drop off bags of groceries at any local fire station, any Umpqua Bank branch, Sherm's Thunderbird or Food 4 Less. Even better, you can mail a donation to ACCESS Food for Hope, P.O. Box 4666, Medford, OR 97501 or make a donation online by going to www.accesshelps.org and clicking on "Bag Hunger / Food For Hope Drive."
Take a couple of minutes and help make a family's Christmas merrier and its holidays happier. You might just find you've done the same for yourself.