As businesses close, jobs are lost, neighbors lend a hand

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As businesses close, jobs are lost, neighbors lend a hand

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 15:23
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Canadian ISD offers grab-and-go meals to local children

Canadian ISD began distributing grab-and-go meals this week. The cafeteria crew arrives at 6 am to begin preparing breakfast and lunch meals for Canadian ISD students and their siblings, ages 0-18. In total, CISD expects to serve approximately 150 students a day during the school closures.

Canadian’s schools are shut down, at least through April 3, in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But kids still get hungry, and Canadian school officials agreed that the schools still have a responsibility to feed them and educate them.

Grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches will be available once daily. Those who have transportation can pick them up curbside in front of Canadian Elementary School from 7:30 am to 11 am, Monday-Friday, by simply pulling through the bus lane and collecting the meals. Those who require home delivery are asked to call 806.323.6931, ext. 1283.

Local volunteers offer errand services for those in need

Canadian Rotary Club members and the Hemphill County Hospital District have organized a chain of volunteers who are available to help sick, disabled, or elderly residents, or anyone who is at high risk of their health being compromised by exposure to the public. Volunteers are offering to assist those residents by picking up groceries or prescriptions, or running errands.

If you or someone you know is in need of this service, please call either Rotary Club President Shane Harris at 580.273.5310, or call HCH Chief Clinical Officer Debra Sappenfield at 806.323.1122. If there is no answer, leave a message with your name and telephone number. A volunteer will respond, and will make arrangements for those services to be provided.

Snack Pak 4 Kids

Every Friday of the school year, Snack Pak provides kids with reliable, nutritious food over the weekend, so they can succeed in school. The Snack Pak program will continue to serve students who were previously enrolled in the program, and are distributing food every Friday. To enroll a student in this program, parents can contact Molly Kerrigan 806.217.0667. Snack Pak 4 Kids is available on all four CISD campuses.

Weekend hunger-relief programs like Snack Pak 4 Kids ensure hungry kids have access to nutritious, filling food over the weekend. By supporting Snack Pak 4 Kids, Canadian, you can make a difference in the life of a child.

TO CONTRIBUTE: If you would like to donate to Snack Pak 4 Kids, please send a check to: Snack Pak 4 Kids, 701 Park Place Av., Amarillo, TX 79101. Be sure to include “Canadian ISD” on the memo line of your check, so that 100 percent of the money donated goes to buy food for students here in Canadian. For more information, visit, or contact Molly Kerrigan at 806.217.0667, JJ Cullender at 806.255.0436, or Heather Sawyer at 806.217.0929.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels services will continue amid the coronavirus outbreak. For the last 50 years, Canadian’s Meals on Wheels program has relied on the many volunteers who deliver meals each weekday, and the contributions that support its outreach to senior citizens, to those recuperating from illnesses or surgery, and to others in need. This is one example of the many blessings this community offers.

One of the benefits for seniors is that it enables them to remain in their own homes and to enjoy a balanced meal that they might not get otherwise. It also offers reassurance that someone will be coming by to check on them each day and to render aid should they have fallen or suffered some illness. This gives peace of mind not only to those who live alone, but to the families who live too far away to provide that immediate help.

The volunteers who deliver the meals do so because they know what a great need it fills—and because they, in turn, receive a blessing from those they serve. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

TO CONTRIBUTE: Meals come from the Abraham Home, five days a week. Some of the recipients are subsidized through the generosity of individuals or organizations in our community. To make a gift or memorial to the program, please send your donation to Meals on Wheels, Box 447, Canadian, TX 79014. An acknowledgment will be sent in response, if requested. If you know of someone who may benefit from receiving Meals on Wheels, please call Sandy Waterfield at 806.323.5110 or 323.2552, or contact Cindy Young at 806.217.1650, by email at cindyyoung1382@, or by private message on Facebook.

Lone Star Angel Project

In light of the coronavirus economic effects, Lone Star Angel Project has agreed to release additional funds for grocery gift cards and to contribute to other essential needs for children living in Hemphill County. Lone Star will continue to receive recommendations of beneficiaries from CISD administrators and staff.

The Lone Star Angel Project helps children living in Hemphill County with dental, medical, educational, and many other essential needs.The Lone Star board of directors carefully considers each request for help and every referral from the community. Every dollar received from the community is spent in a thoughtful and respectful manner. The board’s goal is to be good stewards of the money received. Lone Star Angel Project receives no government funds and is supported solely by donations from the community.

TO CONTRIBUTE: Please mail your tax deductible donation to Lone Star Angel Project, PO Box 303, Canadian, TX 79014. If you would like to contribute specifically to COVID-19 relief, make it specific by indicating COVID on your check memo. For more information about Lone Star Angel Project, contact any board member: Dawn Abraham, Ana Hernandez, Valerie Verbilsaacs, Teresa Johnston, Dana Kauk, Molly Kerrigan, Rosemary Koetting, Mary Jo Leonard, or Becky Reid.

Canadian Ministerial Alliance

The Canadian Ministerial Alliance has begun distributing $30 vouchers for food, redeemable locally at Lowe’s grocery store. To obtain a voucher, please visit the Methodist church office from 9 am-12 pm or 1-3 pm, Monday through Friday. To obtain a voucher, recipients are asked for a photo ID.

Simultaneously, a food pantry is being assembled at the First Christian Church. The church can supply those in need with canned good and kitchen staples. The food pantry is available to recipients at the First Christian Church every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10 am-2 pm.

The Canadian Ministerial Alliance was created because local pastors saw a need to gather together in prayer and fellowship, and to share the common joys and concerns facing their congregations. CMA’s goal is to help those in need in Canadian, in keeping with Christ’s call: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me...”

TO CONTRIBUTE: The Apostle Paul wrote, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” As we seek to be Christ’s body together, please consider making a contribution to the Canadian Ministerial Alliance. You may do so by writing a check to any member church, noting CMA on the memo line. Any food items or cash are also welcomed. Inkind donations can be received at the First Christian Church, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, from 10 am-2 pm.

Mobile distribution from Nigh Plains Food Bank

The High Plains Food Bank partnered with the Hemphill County AgriLife Extension office to bring food to in-need families in Hemphill County. Tanya Holloway, County Extension agent, is heading up the collaboration. Holloway took on this initiative to combat food insecurity in Hemphill County. Holloway recognizes there may be an increase in food insecurity due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus, and invites anyone who may need additional support to submit an application.

“In the situation we are in, if there are people in the community that may not have enough food, I would highly suggest they come in to our office and get an application,” Holloway said, “fill out completely, and leave it with Christa Perry.”

Once received by the AgriLife office, applications are submitted to the High Plains Food Bank, and if the application is approved, the applicant will be included in the next month’s distribution. Food is typically received by the AgriLife office on the third Tuesday of each month and distributed shortly thereafter. If any Hemphill County resident is in need of help with food, they may contact the Extension office at 806.323.9114 for details on program registration.

TO CONTRIBUTE: Holloway encouraged those who would like to contribute submit monetary donations to High Plains Food Bank, 815 Ross St., Amarillo, TX 79102, and specify Canadian in the memo. The AgriLife office is not accepting in-kind or food donations at this time, due to restrictions on person-to-person contact.

The Citadelle partners with CISD to distribute art supplies

The Citadelle has partnered with CISD to supplement learning packets and promote art education during this remote learning transition. The Citadelle Director Wendie Cook explained that while some children may be intimidated to take on certain school subjects without a parent or teacher, art is an encouraging learning outlet that kids can tackle on their own, boosting their confidence.

This week, The Citadelle furnished 1,000 packets to students grades K-5; the packets included joyful, fun art activities that can be completed using household supplies. Each packet is easily completed using materials included or commonly found around the house. “That’s the mission for us,” Cook said, “it’s at the core of what our education mission is You can use minimal things and be creative.

TO CONTRIBUTE: The Citadelle provides free art education to all CISD students throughout the year. To support their education effort, contact to volunteer or donate.