Community Compassion at its Finest

Community Compassion at its Finest to Support Anna ISD’s Coyote Packs
Posted on 12/14/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Community Compassion at its Finest to Support Anna ISD’s Coyote PacksAnna ISD Coyote Packs is a local coalition of community advocates coming together to bring food to the children of Anna ISD over the weekend who are on the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Coyote Packs depends on donations and community support to make this program a reality.

Trunk full of donations

During the school week, most of these children depend on the federal free and reduced meal program that our school offers. Sometimes, the meals at school are the only ones they receive. When the school closes its doors on Friday afternoon, many of these children go home to empty cupboards and empty bellies for 65 hours until they return to school on Monday morning.

CrossPoint Church and Pastor Chris Jones reached out to Anna Packs January of 2018 to talk about a partnership. They helped us get shelving for the pantries and fill up our empty shelves. Since then, they have graciously donated food items and monetary donations to fill our pantries. Anytime there is a need, CrossPoint Church steps up to our needs. We are deeply grateful for CrossPoint and appreciate them more than they know.

In the spring of 2018, Anna ISD sophomores Trenten Wilson and Colton Wortham walked around their neighborhood asking for donations for Coyote Packs. For two weeks they gathered a variety of food for the three elementary school pantries. They came and delivered several bags and a huge box and realized how much of an impact they were making on the lives of hungry kids.

AHS Students Help the Cause

Sweet Emma Price, a first grader at Harlow Elementary, dedicated her birthday party to Coyote Packs back in August! Last year at Emma’s school there were (too many) kids that were food insecure, meaning they are often hungry at night and especially on the weekends. Emma noticed that one of her classmates she was good friends with got a backpack every Friday with food in it. She and her mom then learned about Coyote Packs. Emma found out that there was a food pantry at her school that will send food home with the kids on the weekends that are hungry. As her family was talking about her birthday party, Emma told her mom it wasn’t fair that she gets to have a big party and some of her friends are hungry. Emma and her mom had a heavy heart and then they decided they could do something good to help. Instead of inviting a ton of friends and getting a ton presents, Emma and her sister invited a few of their friends this year and asked that they instead bring food to take to the school for the pantry. And her friends delivered big! We are so proud of Emma and of her compassionate heart. They are thankful to everyone who donated to her birthday to help those in need.

Young Kind Heart

Before Thanksgiving this year, Anna ISD students Kaleigh Jo Terry (Sr.), Trent Wilson (Jr.), Colton Wortham (Jr.), decided that they wanted to raise money and gather donations to provide enough food for the Coyote Packs kids over Thanksgiving break. They figured out that they needed $6.78 per child to provide breakfast, lunch, and a snack for 5 days. They were hoping to feed all 100 students, which equaled 1000 meals. They raised the money in about 3 days, so they decided to continue the fundraising to cover Christmas break as well. Haleigh Shouse (3rd grade at Rattan) starting collecting juices to help with the lunches and Sadie Hess (Wee School) helped pack the bags with food. These Anna ISD students, along with their awesome moms, packed 3,800 bags of lunches and breakfasts to cover the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. We are so very appreciative to these students and their moms for thinking about our kids who may otherwise go hungry over our long breaks. This group put in many hours of fundraising, shopping for the food, and packing the bags for our students.

More Help from AHS Students
Little Helper
Third Grade Helper

If you would like to donate to Coyote Packs we are always taking donations of individualized serving foods, so kids can make the foods themselves and not need an adult to cook with a stove. We send home microwavable meals, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, snacks, and so much more. To make contact with us or keep up with our story friend us on Facebook at Anna Packs.

Coyote Packs

Written by Megan Massey, Rattan 1st Grade Teacher  
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