Christmas came early for many in the West Texas community who do not have enough to eat this summer. Christmas in July, A Texas Tech Physicians Food Drive ended its month-long “campaign” raising $7,538.50, and 2,928 pounds of food or the equivalent to 32,575 meals for the South Plains community.
The food drive benefited the South Plains Food Bank by collecting much-needed food items during the summer months. The South Plains Food Bank serves more than 9,000 families in need every month. Matt Driskill, Texas Tech Physicians – Surgery administrator, said this has been a unified effort to help end hunger on the South Plains.
“We always hear of the great efforts made during the Christmas holidays, but Texas Tech Physicians wanted to have an internal competition to help the South Plains Food Bank during the summer months,” Driskill said. “Each week the various Texas Tech Physicians departments focused on items most needed by the food bank.”
Lyn Garcia, chief development officer at the South Plains Food Bank, said the generosity from the Christmas in July, A Texas Tech Physicians Food Drive is appreciated by so many.
“Summertime is one of our most needed times to provide food to our community,” Garcia said. “So many people are generous during the Christmas holidays, but to have a drive like this in the summer months, allows us to provide food to those who otherwise may not have a meal to eat.”
The food drive ran from July 3 – 28 and was organized by the Texas Tech Physicians Business and People Development COPIC. Texas Tech Physicians celebrated with a carnival-themed party July 28. Employees gathered to have summer fun with music, refreshments and a visit from the Masked Rider.
“We have had wonderful support from everyone wanting to give back to our community,” Driskill said. “The South Plains Food Banks’ theme is Together We Can End Hunger. I think Christmas in July is a perfect example of how Texas Tech Physicians is giving back and working together.”