To the Editor:
The changing tree leaves, cool temperatures and Saturdays in Bill Snyder Family Stadium are all signs that the holiday season will soon be upon us. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this is my absolute favorite time of year. With all of the seasonal fes-tivities approaching, however, we must take a minute to remember that for some Man-hattan residents, the holidays are a time of great need.
Manhattan is in Riley County, one of the most impoverished counties in Kansas. Many local residents are struggling to provide basic necessities for themselves and their families. Fortunately, the Flint Hills Breadbasket addresses their needs by collecting and dis-tributing donations and food to help ensure that no one in the local area goes hungry.
Recognizing this great need, K-State Athletics partners with the Flint Hills Breadbasket through Cats 4 Cans to assist the Bread-basket in its mission to minimize hunger and poverty. This year, the K-State vs. Iowa State football game on Saturday, Nov. 2, has been designated for the Cats 4 Cans food drive to provide donations to the 22,000-plus indi-viduals utilizing the Bread-basket’s services.
On Nov. 2, student athletes will visit parking lots and tailgate areas before kickoff to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations. Please help them reach their goal of $15,000 and 6,000 pounds of food. Last year we had great success, collecting $11,000 and 5,000 pounds of food. Imagine the impact if every fan brought just $1 and one can of food. Our student-athletes have already accepted this challenge and have committed to each bring a can of food on Nov. 2.
Now we need your help. There is no limit on the amount you can donate, and every little bit is appreciated. We ask that you try your best to contribute to this cause and aid the Flint Hills Breadbasket in decreasing the amount of hunger in Riley County during holiday seasons and festivities.
Thanks and Go Cats!