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Thanksgiving Food Drive Captains and Matching Contributions Needed

WOW is getting ready for November’s annual food drive and we need volunteers to serve as neighborhood captains.

This year WOW is expanding the drive to Westwood Lakes, Highland Park, Mandolin and Windsor Place. And we need generous volunteers from those neighborhoods.

Last year over 1,112 Westchase homes participated in the drive, contributing 39,725 pounds of food and 603 turkeys, feeding hundreds of needy families for the holidays.

This November we have four trucks to fill!

But we need your help to make it a success.

The tenth annual Westchase Thanksgiving Food Drive is Sunday, Nov. 19 – the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Last November more than 150 volunteers, including scores of Scouts and high schoolers needing service hours, collected food throughout Westchase for Metropolitan Ministries. Around 32 percent of Westchase homes participated in the drive. Last year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive also saw generous local businesses matching residents’ contributions.

As part of WOW’s preparations for this great November tradition, we are looking for individuals who will serve as captains for their neighborhoods. Interested folks can email WOW Publisher Chris Barrett at editor@westchasewow.com. We’re especially in need of willing volunteers in Westwood Lakes, Highland Park, Mandolin and Windsor Place.

Neighborhood captains help distribute reminder flyers to all the homes in their neighborhoods the weekend prior to the drive (Nov. 11-12). On Sunday, Nov. 19, captains will also drive their neighborhoods with their volunteers to pick up food donations placed out by residents. These donations will then be driven to Westchase Elementary School, where four trucks will be loaded to carry the contributions to Metropolitan Ministries.

It’s a fun, wonderful tradition to kick off Thanksgiving week. If you are willing to contribute a few hours to this cause, please email your name, address and phone number to editor@westchasewow.com.

We also welcome businesses and residents who are willing to match (in full or in part) residents’ contributions. If you want to get involved as a matcher, please contact WOW Publisher Chris Barrett at editor@westchasewow.com to explore how to become involved in this great and growing tradition, which helps others in significant need.

Don’t miss this opportunity to volunteer with your family and neighbors and see our communities’ generosity in action!

By Chris Barrett, Publisher; Photo by James Broome Photography

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