"I was raised by a single mom who struggled to make ends meet and tried as hard as she could to put food on the table," York Chevrolet Finance Manager Jeff Kelly told The Brazil Times. "Looking at the economy these days and thinking about my own 10-month-old daughter Bri, I wanted to do something to help out the community."
Inspired by Kelly's suggestion, York Chevrolet is hosting a food drive from July 18-25.
Dealership owner Rob York said he wanted to get involved in the project to create a giving community.
"There are so many people who don't want to ask for help, but we are willing to give to those in need," York said.
Kelly added he was not surprised by the Yorks willingness to give.
"The Yorks have always been big about helping the community. I went into Rob's office one day to pitch him the idea. He thought it was great," Kelly said.
"We live just down the road from the food pantry and I always see people standing and sitting outside just waiting for food and assistance, so there's obviously a need for this sort of thing."
Seeing people coming and going from the food pantry made Kelly reflect on his own childhood.
"Growing up sometimes we didn't have a lot to eat," Kelly explained. "I remember one time my mother fixed my siblings and I a spice cake for dinner because it was all we had. Us kids loved it, but I remember my mother sitting down to cry because she couldn't give us a better meal."
Kelly said he doesn't want to see Clay County residents in the same situation and thinks a food drive would really benefit the community.
Citizens wishing to make donations can drop-off non-perishable food items at York Chevrolet, any of the three First Financial Bank locations, Riddell National Bank, Harris Bank, Terre Haute Savings Bank (THSB) and Page's IGA.
"It's amazing how a can of soup can feed a family," Kelly said.
"We'd really like to get things like soup and crackers because soup can serve as an entire meal for a family."
Donated items will be picked up Tuesday, July 26, and distributed to the Senior Center Emergency Foods, Clay County Care and Share, Staunton United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, Carbon Baptist Church, Annunciation Catholic Church and Brazil First Church of Nazarene.
"We feel like having a presence and business in the community we wanted an opportunity to give back and bring awareness that there is a poverty level and a problem," Owner Rob York said.
"We want to serve the community as best we can with food and assistance.
For more information on the food drive or to get involved, contact Jeff Kelly of York Chevrolet at 443-4811, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a fax to 443-2421.