TOP PHOTO: The CASA food drive was very successful.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – CASA of Campbell County held its third annual holiday food drive for the Open Arms Ministry Food Bank, delivering more than 55 boxes of food in time for Christmas. 

According to CASA Executive Director Jan Jones, each year the drive continues to grow thanks to the “love and support from the community.”

In all, CASA had donation boxes at more than 32 area businesses and organizations.

“The community pulled together to help us with this project, and we had donation boxes everywhere around the county. We can’t thank our community enough for helping with this,” Jones said.

Food bank volunteers said it is annual donations like these that help area families have a happier Christmas.

CASA volunteers loaded and unloaded the impressive haul of food.

Jones said she began the food drive two years ago as a way for CASA to give back to the community.

“Having a food drive benefit Open Arms Ministry ties back in with my CASA program and helps the community at a time of year when people really need it,” Jones said. 

The food drive began in mid-November, with multiple local businesses, churches and organizations volunteering to set up food donation boxes at their locations. 

“The support this year has been overwhelming, and I want to thank everyone who has had a hand in helping with this drive,” Jones said.

More than 55 boxes of food was delivered in time for Christmas. 

She also extended a “special thank you to Sheriff Wayne Barton for arranging to get it picked up and a thank you to Franklin Ayers who picked it up,” Jones said.

According to Jones, she hopes for the annual CASA food drive continues to grow each year. 

“We are so very thankful for Campbell County businesses, individuals and all who participated. We are so happy and thankful for the amount of food donated, it was a real blessing,” Jones said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/27/2023-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF JAN JONES)