Day program holds successful food drive
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 02, 2012 | 1585 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gail Handley, Rose Goodman and Valeria McLeod pack up canned goods to be delivered to the Salvation Army while Windows Without Walls staff member Bonnie Tittle supervises. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Gail Handley, Rose Goodman and Valeria McLeod pack up canned goods to be delivered to the Salvation Army while Windows Without Walls staff member Bonnie Tittle supervises. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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PARRISH — This year’s canned food drive at Windows Without Walls in Parrish was the largest in the history of the day habilitation program.

Clients recently collected more than 120 pounds of food for the fourth annual Brian Davidson canned food drive.

“This is a wonderful way for our individuals with various disabilities to give back to the community,” said Windows staff member Bonnie Tittle.

The effort is named after a former Windows client who organized a pantry and encouraged his friends to help him gather food for it four years ago. Although Davidson no longer attends Windows, the staff and individuals still associated with the program continue to hold the drive in his honor.

In years past, the donations of food have gone to Glory Fellowship Baptist Church to be used in its community Thanksgiving meal.

However, this year the beneficiary will be the Salvation Army’s Walker County Service Center.

“They have a newly renovated facility but a shortage of donations for Thanksgiving, so we wanted to help them,” Tittle said.

The Salvation Army will be receiving yams, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and rolls from the 33 individuals in Windows Without Walls, a program of Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center.

The program is open five days a week and sponsors a variety of activities for clients, including field trips and excursions to run errands such as grocery shopping and depositing or withdrawing funds at the bank.