November 07 04:10 PM



 While the football players from Parkway High School and Airline School bring their “A” games to Friday night’s matchup against the rival Bossier teams, fans are asked to bring something extra in addition to school spirit in order to help feed the elderly and needy here in Bossier Parish.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Parkway High School is asking Panther and Viking fans to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to the game Friday night to support Operation Blessing, the food bank program administered by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.  There will be barrels located at each of entryways to the game at Preston Crownover Stadium, and all the food items will be used to make special food boxes that will be delivered to more than 500 elderly and needy families just before Christmas.

“The support of Bossier Parish schools to help feed those in need is quite humbling,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.  “We were encouraged earlier this week to receive more than 4,000 canned goods from Rusheon, Kerr and Bossier High for Operation Blessing, and having the support of Parkway and Airline at this event is outstanding.  While the players battle for the win on the football field Friday night, the true winners will be those we help provide a good meal this Christmas.  Our deputies see first-hand the needs of our residents, and I can’t thank our schools and community enough for all that they do to support our food bank program.”   

Parkway is also asking students to bring four canned goods to school Friday in order to wear sweat pants or wind pants to school.

Fans are also asked to bring canned goods to the basketball game Thursday night at Elm Grove Middle School against Cope Middle School. 

More than 120 barrels were delivered to other Bossier Parish schools this week, as well as the three Bossier Sheriff’s Office substations on Viking Drive, Highway 3 and Arthur Ray Teague Parkway.  The filled barrels will then be picked up in a few weeks, and the food will become part of a special Christmas food box that deputies, Posse members and students in Bossier Parish schools will deliver on Dec. 17.

Operation Blessing began in 1998 and is a year-round food bank that feeds about 540 families each month with no cost to the taxpayer, but relies on support from individuals, organizations and businesses.      

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