The Woodward News

October 26, 2012

Local business collecting Thanksgiving side dishes

Brandi Thomas
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — A local business is looking to collect food to help provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast to about 200 families in the Woodward area.

"We are working with the Woodward Families Helping Families food bank to make Thanksgiving possible for area families," said Dr. Barbie Phillips, owner of the Family Wellness Center.

They will be taking donations of Stove Top dressing, boxed mashed potatoes, gravy, canned green beans, canned corn, canned yams, boxed desserts and cranberry sauce, Phillips said.

"The turkeys will be provided by Families helping families for up to 200 families in the area, we are just collecting the sides to make it a complete meal," Phillips said.

Donations will be accepted through Nov. 15 and the area families that will be receiving these meals will be able to pick them up at Living Word Fellowship on Nov. 19, she said.

"On November 10 we are having a special drive where if people donate any of the food items listed, they can get a free adjustment if they are an active patient or for new patients a free consult with x-rays and exams," Phillips said.

Anyone can participate by dropping the listed items off at the Family Wellness Center, 1903 Main street, she said.

"If people can't make it down, we are also taking donations of grocery gift cards and cash donations if they would still like to help," Phillips said.

To donate stop by the Family Wellness Center on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., or call (580) 256-7123 or (580) 216-2670.

Phillips said she and her staff decided to hold the food drive because they believe in doing more to promote the wellness and well-being of the community beyond just the chiropractic services they offer at their office.

"We look at our office as a ministry to serve people not only here (at our office) on an everyday basis, but also to take it beyond our doors and out into the community," she said, noting that "throughout the year we try to do things to help the community."

The Thanksgiving food drive is just the latest project the staff at the center have become involved in.

"With Thanksgiving around the corner, we knew there would be some less fortunate people who would need help with food," Phillips said.

So after contacting the Chamber of Commerce for more information about local programs needing help with Thanksgiving meals, she said she was connected with Eric Cox at Living Word Fellowship Church, which sponsors the Families Helping Families food bank.

"Cox told us that they were buying 200 turkeys and that he thought it would be amazing if we could collect all the side dishes so that the families could have more than just turkey on Thanksgiving," she said.  "We thought that would be amazing, too, so we took the food drive on and are trying to rally the community around this great cause."

Assistant Editor Rowynn Ricks contributed to this report.