Posted Date: 12/09/2020
COPPERAS COVE, TX (Nov. 21, 2020)—Regina DeLaCoudray understands need and doing without. But, the Williams/Ledger Elementary Food for Families collection drive provided the perfect opportunity for her to brighten someone else’s holiday on Thanksgiving.
“I just wanted to give back to the community. I was a single parent of two living in low-income housing years ago and know the need,” said DeLaCoudray whose grandson attends Williams/Ledger Elementary. “My spirit has always led me to give, but I didn’t know where to start. So, God gave me the answer. When I picked up my grandson, Christopher, from school, I checked his backpack as usual and there was the letter. It described the need for the donation of food items to help the community. So after dropping him at school the next morning, I headed to the stores and got what the spirit led me to.”
DeLaCoudray’s generous giving was magnified as more parents and guardians sent donations to the school resulting in the collection of nearly 700 items.
Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School’s student council and Elementary Student 2 Student members were in charge of picking up goods, weighing, sorting and packing everything for the Food for Families collection drive, loading 1,129 items on to the truck.
“I hope the cans we collected will allow families to have food to eat,” third grader Kaiya Whitehurst said.
“It felt good to help people in need in our community,” fifth grader Ke’sean Whitehurst said.
Students at Clements/Parsons Elementary collected more than 260 items to ensure families in the community had a meal on the Thanksgiving holiday.
"It's good to collect the food for the less fortunate,” fourth grader A’jiyah Ruffin said. “It made me feel proud that my school is doing this."
Copperas Cove ISD schools conducted food drives to support the annual Food for Families event the week prior to Thanksgiving. Schools compete for awards each year with House Creek Elementary, one of the district’s largest elementary schools, winning awards year after year for the amounts of food collected with Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary having won several times in the past for collecting the most pounds of food per capita based on student population.
With the collections of all of CCISD’s schools combined, the district historically raises approximately 15,000 pounds of food for the Food for Families drive. The donations support local food pantries.