10 Year Old Odessan Hosts Successful Food Drive 12/3/13
CBS 7 News
Garrett Whitehill was trying to help those in need of food one day at a time. With a fundraiser he started by handing out letters and quickly growing to businesses in the community making donations and helping offers, he was able to collect $5,196.00 and over 1400 lbs of food for the West Texas Food Bank. That's enough to provide over 22,000 meals.
Marcie, Garrett’s mother, says the food bank thanked him by official naming November 22nd of each year "Garrett Day" on which a food drive will be done in his name. She says Garrett was so excited to have an annual food drive, and is now collecting sleeping bags, coats, gloves, hats, blankets, etc. for Jesus House in Odessa.
CBS 7 News
Helping those in need of food in not only a fight for adults. One young student has taken it upon himself to make a difference in his community. Ten year-old, Garrett Whitehill, saw this suffering and decided he wanted to start a drive of his own. He’s been handing out letters in his neighborhood asking for cans or donations this week.
He says he wants everyone to be able to eat for Thanksgiving and that donating $1 can buy four cans of food. Garrett’s mother, Marcie, says it warms her heart when she watches him pray every night for the homeless.
To help, you can drop off cans at the drop off sites listed below.
To make a credit card donation, contact Rosie at West Texas Food Bank at 432-580-6500 and tell her it’s for Garrett Whitehills food drive.
Various companies in Midland and Odessa are offering discounts or donations to Garrett’s food and donation drive.
Chelsea Rae's has a barrel to drop off canned goods at their location and is offering 10% off to anyone who brings in cans or donations, Edge Manufacturing & Technology is a drop off location and donated $500.00. Super Shapes in Odessa has a barrel and is a drop off location, Plush Salon & Spa is a drop off location, Carver Center and Cornerstone Church are also drop off locations. Brewers Cleaners in Saginaw is a drop off. All these businesses as well as Body Focus Laser & Longevity Center have pledged a donation upon pick up. Dr. Chappell’s Office in Odessa is also participating.
For questions: contact Marcie at 817-714-5661