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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Zion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy collected 413 pounds of food during its Thanksgiving Community Food Drive for Food4U Food Pantry.
“What they did was so nice and perfect timing with the holidays,” Food4U Food Pantry Director Sandy Koepke said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to get food, but this was an added bonus. We saved the majority of it for Christmas.”
The donated food was split into three sections: Thanksgiving, deliveries to elderly and people who can’t drive who are housebound and Christmas. Altogether, it helped or will help several dozen families, Koepke explained.
Each family received or will received 10 pounds of food. Koepke added how they are now serving an extra dozen or so more families and more elderly people because of COVID.
Koepke wants Zion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, the community, volunteers and New4U Thrift Store board to know how thankful she is for their support.
Zion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy owner Matt Halliday echoes that thankfulness. He wants to thank Koepke and the Childress food pantry for all they do all year long. But his gratefulness doesn’t stop there.
“Zion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy of Childress would like to thank all of our students, family, friends and members of the community who came together to ensure the success of a Happy Thanksgiving for so many,” Halliday said. “It shows there’s something to be said that no matter how trying a year could possibly be, there is always so much to be thankful for.”