Blessings in Bags aims to help local children, elderly over the holidays

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Thousands of children across the Brazos Valley don't know where their next meal is coming from.

Some College Station moms are stepping up and trying to change that with their new grassroots effort called Blessings in Bags.

It's been a hectic few days for Holly McBerty and Michele Colburn.

McBerty says, "Actually it just started last Wednesday afternoon and we didn't go live on our Facebook page until Friday afternoon."

Colburn adds, "As of right before this interview, we had 690 people have liked our Facebook page."

They've been working non-stop, getting the word out about Blessings in Bags.

McBerty says, "There was a program in our area that provided food to students and senior citizens and when we learned that wasn't happening this year, so Blessings in Bags was just our way of stepping in and saying what can we do to help?"

They're partnering with Bryan ISD, College Station ISD and the Area Agency on Aging to determine the people most at risk of going hungry this holiday season.

Colburn says, "This is something that stresses them out. You see toward the holiday season, some of these kids act out because they don't know where their meals are coming from."

Mackenzie Zumwalt is a counselor at Oakwood Intermediate in College Station. She says, "They depend on this food, not only to make ends meet, but it also may be their Christmas dinner."

The goal is to fill bags for 1,500 families. They'll be distributed in mid-December.

McBerty says, "What people can do is they can give a donation, then we can purchase food from the Brazos Valley Food Bank at a greatly reduced price."

Right now, they have $2,000 in donations.

McBerty says, "We're hoping to get around $20,000 so still a long way to go, but we can do this. We are confident in our community. We know this is a great place to live and we are just counting on our friends and neighbors to come through for us."

They are accepting donations through December 9th. You can find out how to donate on their Blessings in Bags Facebook page.