Hockley County fighting holiday hunger with blessing boxes

Hockley County fighting holiday hunger with blessing boxes

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LEVELLAND, Texas -

About four million Texans are struggling with food insecurity this holiday season, which accounts to one in four Texas children, according to Feeding America.

Towns in West Texas like Levelland are taking action with "blessing box" donations.

These boxes are set up across four different churches in Hockley County, full of food, non-perishable items, and necessary goods. 

Ty Gregory, with the Levelland Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group, said even in a town like Levelland, the need is substantial, and something must be done about it. 

"It's surprising to me that we have people who still go hungry in the United States, so for us to have this opportunity to come into the actual neighborhoods and provide the need right where it's at. Providing the service where it's needed is an excellent thing. It makes us feel good to do something good for the community and to provide food for those in need," Gregory said.

Gregory said the idea originated from a teenager's Facebook post, and the young professionals group ran with it.

"It really gives you hope for the future generation. When you've got people that care that much about giving back to the community, it's nothing but a good thing," Gregory said.

Aaron Scott, the pastor at Cactus Drive Church of Christ, one of the Levelland churches with a blessing box, said this is an effective, real solution to giving families what they need.

"We found that this was a way for us to be able to bless people without that kind of shame factor that comes with a personal donation, so they can come and take whatever they need without having to worry about asking for it," Scott said.

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