Food Drive collects 800 pounds of goods


Greater Texarkana Young Professionals (GTYP) hosted their first annual Thanksgiving food drive with Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank and collected nearly 800 pounds of food items. GTYP’s membership is comprised of over 100 young professionals from the greater Texarkana region.

GTYP placed food drop off bins at area locations such as Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Farmers Bank & Trust, and Christus St. Michael Hospital. The culmination of their two-week food drive was a final collection and presentation event hosted by Northridge Country Club on Monday, November 16. Camille Wrinkle, Harvest Texarkana Executive Director, was in attendance to accept the collected items.

“Our organization has a mission that emphasizes contributing to the growth of our community through the active philanthropic efforts of our members,” said Jennifer Felps, chair of Greater Texarkana Young Professionals.

Greater Texarkana Young Professionals is a committee of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce that promotes the retention, education, and growth of diverse young professionals in the Texarkana region through professional and social immersion. Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger in southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas through food distribution and education.

“Engagement of our local young professionals with area nonprofit organizations like Harvest Texarkana is important for our community. The benefits of philanthropy are multiplied when you give as part of a group,” said Terrica Kirk, GTYP Philanthropy/Community Development Committee Chair.

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