By Bruce Karnick
The holidays are a time of giving for many, that includes many from around the community of Hastings. A major benefactor in the holiday spirit is Hastings Family Service, an organization that relies heavily on the kindness of the community. Multiple groups have made deliveries to HFS in the month of December. With just $10, Hastings Family Service can buy approximately 70 pounds of food.
The staff at Hastings Bus Company held a drive for Hastings Family Service where they collected both food and money to help local families in Hastings. Staff members had the opportunity to bring food goods or cash to the office and place them around the Christmas tree. The collection was gathered up on Tuesday, December 14 and delivered to Hastings Family Service. The total collection brought 147 pounds of food and $190 to Hastings Family Service.
United Steel Workers Local 662 delivered a $500 check to HFS.
Smead collected 32 pounds of food, hats and mittens.
River Valley Band collected 262 pounds of food and $140 at their recent holiday concert.
Edward Jones – Abra Hovgaard collected 368 pounds of food.
Anytime Fitness collected 57 pounds of food.
Premier Banks employees made blankets to be distributed as part of Project Share.
Innovative Surfaces, Plastic Printers and Regina Hospital brought boxes upon boxes of items for Project Share’s adopt-a-family pro- gram.
The Youth Impact Council at Hastings High School organized a coin drive to help nine families for the Project Share adopt-a-family program. This effort by students raised a whopping $2,469.68 in four days! Way to go Raiders!
Tony and Cali Miller host an annual Harvest Party Booya to raise money for HFS. This year they delivered $4,160! That’s a lot of moola for booya!
Town and Country Veterinary Services understands there is a need for pets out there too! They delivered 96 pounds of pet food.
Pine Bend Paving donated $1,000 worth of gift cards for Project Share.
St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion delivered 302 pounds of food in bags filled and decorated by the students.
Spectro Alloys collected 781 pounds of food.
Millner Family Chiropractic’s Health Solutions Center is donating proceeds from either a $25 initial vis- it or adjustment the entire month of December. That means a final number is not available but deserving of a mention.
Merchants Bank held their 10 days of giving in partnership with Hastings Elementary Schools. At the time of printing, a total was not available.
Other groups in the area held drives as well. Bremer Farms with their light display, Miesville Fire, River Blades Skating School and more.
The kindness in this community is something we should all be proud of. Thank you for being a beacon of hope for families of Hastings that need it.
If you are looking to donate or hold your own collection event, contact Hastings Family Service and ask what they need. You would be surprised at some of the needs that are often forgotten. Hygiene products like toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, toilet paper and so on are often a big need.