The Woodward News

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October 26, 2013

Holiday food drive under way

Woodward, Okla. — A local chiropractic office and food pantry are teaming up to help provide over 200 families with a complete Thanksgiving meal.

For 8 years, the Woodward Families Helping Families food pantry has been giving away turkeys to needy families for Thanksgiving.

Then starting last year, Dr. Barbie Phillips' chiropractic office, the Family Wellness Center, has been helping to provide the side dishes.

For the second year, Phillips and her staff are holding a Holiday Food Drive to collect boxed or canned versions of all the Thanksgiving favorites, including:

• Stove Top dressing,

• boxed mashed potatoes and gravy (mix or pre-packaged),

• canned green beans, corn, yams, cranberry sauce, and

• boxed deserts such as cake, brownie or cookie mixes.

"People can donate enough to make a full meal or they can donate just parts of it.  Or they can donate gift cards for the groceries or cash," Phillips said.  "We collect it and then it all goes to Families Helping Families."

For whoever donates $50 or more worth of food items or cash to the food drive, they will be eligible for a free session from one of the center's 2 chiropractors.

"They will be seen by myself or Dr. Sarah Mabra, since she's in my office now.  So there's 2 doctors participating this year," Phillips said.

She said current patients can receive one free adjustment, while new patients can receive a free consult, x-rays and first exam (with paid membership to the Preferred Chiropractic Doctor program).

If not donating cash directly, donors will have to present a receipt showing they spent at least $50 in order to be eligible for the free services.

The Holiday Food Drive will continue through Nov. 21, with donations being accepted Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Family Wellness Center, 1903 Main St.

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