Rider Students Trick or Treat for a Cause

"We wanted to do something to help out and particularly the economic times that we are in right now, having food is a serious consideration," says Paul Jefferson, Rider High School's drama teacher.

Each year Mr. Jefferson and students from the drama club go street by street near their school in search of food donations from neighbors.  Tonight marks the groups sixth year.

"We're trying to hit the magic number of 2,000lbs, we've not done that yet," says Jefferson.

Mr. Jefferson and his students know the need in Texoma is great.  Over the last few months the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank says they have seen the number of individuals in need grow by almost 1,300.

"We know that our agencies are going to need that much more food to help the clients that they see come through their door everyday," says Assistant Director of the food bank, Michelle Schuster.

Schuster says the struggling economy has made things harder on families in our community and with the holidays just around the corner the need for food donations is skyrocketing.

"Our agencies will probably help anywhere from 600 to 700 families with Thanksgiving," she says.

Mr. Jefferson says it's a way for his students to understand just how much of a helping hand they can offer others.

"There are a lot of people that go without and so hopefully they'll understand a bit about that," he says.

Donations can be made directly at the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank at 1230 Midwestern Parkway.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.