We are excited to announce that we are collecting non-perishable food items for our annual Food Drive. The event kicks off on Monday, November 17 and will run through Wednesday, December 10. All food collected will be donated to the Salvation Army to be disbursed throughout the greater Joplin community. The United Way reports that even as unemployment numbers start to decline, families across the country are struggling to put food on the table. A new Feeding America report on local-level food insecurity reveals that in every state in America, children are at a greater risk of experiencing hunger than the overall population.
To coincide with the Food Drive, the Salvation Army has also delivered an Angel Tree to help bring Christmas to area kids. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program provides new clothing and/or toys to area children. A sponsoring company or organization, like Carlson Chiropractic Center, places a Christmas tree in a high traffic area, and the tree is decorated with Angel Tags with the first name, age, and gender of a child who will receive the gift. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child described on the tags. The gifts are then delivered to the Salvation Army and later picked up by the parent to distribute to the child on Christmas Day.
“Right here in Joplin, many families are facing a Holiday Season with the question of how they are going to feed their families, much less provide gifts. We are dedicated to helping with that and that’s why we are asking you to join us and help us help Joplin,” Dr. Carlson said. “It is truly better to give than receive and we need to do everything in our power to make sure that no child in Joplin has to go to bed hungry.”
The Holiday Season is the perfect time to host the Food Drive, and in years past, patients have provided tremendous support for the annual event. The Angel Tree has also been well supported over the years. This year, Carlson Chiropractic Center plans to promote the Drive and Angel Tree not only to their patients, but also to their vibrant following on Facebook and Twitter. The increased attention will bring more visibility, and Carlson hopes will get the larger community involved.
“Together we can make a difference in the needs that our community is facing this Holiday Season,” Dr. Carlson concluded. “We need to make sure that we do all that we can to help our community, our friends and neighbors, and most importantly, the children.”