This food drive benefits all the local Bryan County Food Banks including Families Feeding Families, Hands of Hope, Loaves & Fishes, The River, St. Catherine’s and the Salvation Army.
Pam Robinson, the Director of the Bryan County United Way, said, “We are very excited that Red River Ford is once again sponsoring this food drive. Last year the results were phenomenal with over 8 tons of food and $2,000 raised for the food banks.”
“This was a major accomplishment for us last year but we know we can do even better this year,” said Pat Lynch, Red River Ford partner. The dealership team met recently with food drive representatives and came up with a plan for this year which includes a goal of 20,000 lbs of food and $2,500 donations.
The Food Drive not only includes the dealership and individual members of the community, but also other local businesses and schools. “We were pleased with the level of community support that we experienced last year,” said Red River Ford partner Darrell Mendez. “In particular, from Cardinal Glass, PRC, Salita’s and Durant Intermediate School to name a few.”
This year the local entities that have agreed to be featured partners include Electric Super Tan, Kiamichi Technology Center, select Bryan County Schools, High Meadow Apartments, Salita’s, PRC and Cardinal Glass.
These organizations have all been assigned weeks in which a Red River Food Drive truck will be parked in front of their business highlighting the food drive and will also be featured in print and radio advertisements.
Other businesses or groups that would like to participate may contact the dealership for food drive posters and boxes.
Red River Ford is also a food drive collection point and will pick up non-perishable items at a home or business. All a person has to do is call 924-9458 and the dealership will make arrangements to pick-up all donations within the Durant city limits. “This is something unique that we are able to do since we have a customer shuttle van and parts truck constantly driving around Durant,” said David Bostick, Service Manager.
In addition to providing trucks and posters for local businesses, Red River Ford is also making cash contributions to the food drive. Red River Ford partner Jeremiah Lynch explained, “Our sales managers, Rick Riley, John Harkins and Dean Balentine, came to us and said we think we can do more than just collect food, let’s raise some cash.” As a result, Red River Ford will donate $25 to the food drive for every new or pre-owned vehicle that is sold from Oct.1 through Nov. 20.
Raenna Talley, from Hands of Hope, said, “We are pleased that Red River Ford is supporting this effort and doing it in such an innovative way.”
The Loaves and Fishes representative, Cliff Jensen, concluded with this appeal directed towards the community, “Please support this food drive since it will help so many people here in Bryan County,” he said.