NOLANVILLE — Harker Heights High School senior Matthew Crandall was tired of the same old song-and-dance routines behind holiday fundraising drives and decided to shake things up.
“Since my parents’ store, Do Good Designs, is literally right next door to the Nolanville Food Pantry and we see them work tirelessly every week to feed people, I wanted to do something to help them,” Crandall said. “Most food drives are kind of boring, and I wanted to make it more personal and fun.”
In keeping with the holiday spirit, Crandall planned a Christmas Caroling food drive.
Do Good Designs will provide free hot coffee and hot chocolate in exchange for canned goods and nonperishable food items to help stock the food pantry from 7 to 8 p.m. today at 202 N. Main St. in Nolanville.
“Once we started thinking about initial plans, we realized that there might be a possibility that some of the pantry parents may not be able to purchase a toy for their kids at Christmas — that would be heartbreaking,” said Crandall’s mom, Nada Brackmann. “We thought if anyone wanted to contribute money to the food pantry, Toys R Us gift certificates could be purchased so that parent patrons of the food pantry could go out and purchase a toy for their children.”
She said the gift certificates will make it easier since the parents know what their kids like and want.
“We don’t know exact ages, genders and toy wishes that the children may have — not to mention if the gift should be given by the parent or Santa Claus himself,” Brackmann said.
Every month, the Nolanville Food Pantry assists an average of 200 families or 650 individuals.
“It’s a great time to teach our kids, and remind ourselves, that while we give each other gifts to celebrate Christ’s birth, the real meaning of Christmas is in giving to those who are currently falling upon hard times,” Brackmann said. “You may imagine that if folks don’t have enough food for their families, it might be safe to say they may not have enough to give their children something to unwrap on Christmas morning. These are local families, our friends, our neighbors. Let’s all join together to sing, share and rejoice.”