12/12/2012 12:08:00 PM Editorial Dig deep one more time for Burning Desire food drive
For 16 years, a group of Prescott Valley residents, with a couple of volunteers from other areas joining in, have staged the community's annual Burning Desire to Feed the Hungry event.
That first year, a small group spent a December night outdoors, fasting for 24 hours around a burn barrel to glimpse what it is like to be homeless, hungry and cold. It was unpleasant, but eye-opening. The good part was they received a truckload of food donations for the Yavapai Food Bank.
In subsequent years, heartrending stories surfaced at each event. Children would ask their parents if they could have fewer presents and give money or food to those in need. Entire busloads of school kids would stop by the drive before classes to unload bags of food. Often, people who obviously did not have much themselves would stop by and give a dollar or two or a couple items of food.
Community contributions to this drive have fallen off, perhaps because the pleas for donations go on and on throughout the holidays. Unfortunately, though, the need is greater than ever.
The Burning Desire to Feed the Hungry food drive will take place from noon Friday until 3 p.m. Saturday, collecting food and cash donations in the Safeway parking lots in Prescott Valley and on Willow Creek Road in Prescott.
Please, dig deep one more time to help those who are truly in need.