MADISONVILLE, Tex. (KBTX) - Over in Madisonville, a friendly competition is growing. Canned goods are starting to stack up at Madisonville Intermediate. Since Monday, students and staff have collected nearly 1,800 cans.
"Like different kinds. Like green beans, and corn, different kind of canned goods and stuff," explained student John Winston Clark.
"It's pretty awesome and it's good to help everybody that doesn't have enough money to get food for everybody," said Courtney Hammit, a Madisonville Intermediate Student. Besides a fun competition, it's also teaching lessons for these third, fourth and fifth graders.
"It teaches the kids how to give and receive. Christmas is way more than just presents. It's about the heart and as you can tell our kids have humongous hearts," said Nicole Coleman, Madisonville Intermediate Student Council Coordinator.
"What hit our kids the most is when they found out that these food items were staying in Madison County. They thought they were going to other counties and to see the looks on their faces when they knew that people who don’t have as much in this community will have a great Christmas dinner or even meals after that really just makes their heart just beat," she added.
"I think it's just really fun to help out in the community people who are less fortunate than us," added student Jillian Hardy. The food collected goes to the Brazos Valley Food Bank. In turn, it will be distributed three days a week at the Son-Shine Outreach Center.
"A desperate amount of canned meet is what we really need. Now, we can break it down. We can break it down to vegetables, we can even break it down further to rice, beans. We can even go further down to Ramen Noodles but the main important this is that we give," said Terry Clark, Son-Shine Outreach Center Employee.
"The teachers are trying to encourage us to bring at least overall goal that we did a bunch of years ago was 6,000, so we're going to try to beat that goal," said Jayci Morris, a Madisonville Intermediate Student.
"I think that's just wonderful because like when you're raising all the cans it's like donating all that kind of food to all those different people. And it 's just like it can change people's lives because it's donating and it can also bring people to the Lord," said Clay Davis Fountain, another Madisonville Intermediate School Student.
The annual KBTX Food For Families Food Drive is Wednesday December 6th. News 3 will be broadcasting from five donation sites across the Brazos Valley. We've added a new location this year. You can help out our friends and neighbors in Burleson County.
You can make a donation at any of the following locations, during the listed hours:
Brazos Center, 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Kimbro Center, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Navasota Valley Electric Coop in Franklin, 6:00 am – 7:00 pm.
St. Mary’s Parish Gym in Caldwell, 6:00a.m – 7:00pm
Mid-South Synergy in Navasota from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
If you want to pick up some things to donate to our drive next week, here is a list of things needed by the Brazos Valley Food Bank: Please remember, non-perishable items only. No homemade or perishable items will be accepted.
Beans (canned or dried)
Cereal (family size)
Cereal (individual size)
Diapers (child & adult)
Mac n’ Cheese
Fruit cups (shelf stable)
Granola Bars Jam/Jelly
Juice Boxes (individual size)
Ketchup & Mustard
Vienna Sausages (poptop)
Pudding (shelf stable)
Soup (regular and pop top)
Tuna (regular and pop top)
Tuna/Chicken Salad kits