Together — with our outstanding community partners, Ball High School faculty and students, the team from First Lutheran Church who sponsored the FeedGalveston initiative, our in-kind community partners and everyone in the community who took the time to “Share Your Holidays” so generously with those in need — we had the most successful results ever for Galveston County.
Together, we collected 24,081 pounds of nonperishable food items, which was 55 percent more than was collected in 2016 (last year, our previous best year to date, we collected 15,432 pounds). And again this year, the Galveston County Food Bank had to exchange their box truck for an 18-wheeler because they ran out of room in the smaller truck!
Yet, without our incredibly hardworking community partners, we would have never achieved these great results. Joining with Randalls, Classic AutoGroup Galveston, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Galveston Ministerial Alliance (and their member congregations — Temple B’nai Israel, Trinity Episcopal Church, Grace Episcopal Church, First Lutheran Church, and Moody Methodist Church), American National Insurance Co. (both the Galveston and South Shore offices), University of Texas Medical Branch (both the Galveston and League City campuses), Moody National Bank and Moody Gardens, were our new 2017 community partners: The city of Galveston, the Galveston Police Department, the Galveston Fire Department, Frost Bank, HomeTown Bank and Texas First Bank. Also, to be acknowledged are our generous in-kind partners that donated food and beverages to the students and volunteers at Ball High on Dec. 8: Coffee (Starbucks on 61st Street), beignets for breakfast (Gumbo Diner) and pizza for lunch (Mario’s Seawall Italian & Pizzeria).
In addition, many businesses donated their marquees to promote the event: Texas First Bank, Ideal Lumber Co., Galveston Insurance Associates, Henry Freudenburg Insurance, The Gumbo Diner, Mario’s Seawall Italian & Pizzeria, The Spot and Fish Tales.
At the forefront of this year’s food drive at Ball High were our students. The media arts students conducted radio interviews (broadcast on K-TOR Radio, underwritten by Blue Atlas Marketing) and filmed the event on campus throughout the day Dec. 8. Key Club members helped volunteer with the FeedGalveston project that took place in our gym the same time as our Share Your Holidays collections were continuing in front of Ball High. National Honor Society students, Ball High baseball team, Ball High cheerleaders, band, Tornettes, Hispanic dancers and the “Elites” from Parker Elementary School all played an integral part in the success of this year’s 37th annual ABC-13 Share Your Holidays food drive. Also, this year, other district schools helped make this year our most successful ever including Austin Middle School, and Crenshaw, Morgan and Oppe elementary schools.
We’re so grateful to everyone who helped us help those in need throughout Galveston County. It’s also important to note that all contributions to Share Your Holidays will be administered by the Galveston County Food Bank and distributed specifically to residents of Galveston County who are food insecure.