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Local fundraiser providing additional meals for senior citizens

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Price cuts from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability is taking food from the mouths of senior citizens.

Wichita County officials are taking matters into their own hands by raising money for all senior citizen centers in the county with a dove hunt fundraiser.

"The senior citizen centers of Wichita County, Electra, Burkburnett, Iowa Park, as well as Wichita Falls are all running in the red," Land Manager James Burden said. 

Officials say The Texas Department of Aging and Disability is cutting 70 cents from each meal for all senior citizen centers of Wichita County. 

"Collectively the county is $165,000 in the hole just to do the same job that we did last year," County Commissioner Candidate Lee Harvey said. 

"It would take a lot of bake sales to raise $160,000," Harvey said. 

That's why Harvey says he decided to lead a dove hunting party and fundraiser to help make up the difference in loss funding.

On Saturday dove hunters will flock to the land Burden is providing, all in an effort to put food back on the table for senior citizens.

If the hunters raise more than $160,000, Harvey says they'll be giving that money to help all non-profit organizations in Wichita County that service senior citizens and children. 

"Hopefully in the next four or five years we'll reach our goal at $500,000 and we'll be able to help them all," Harvey said. 

A fundraiser will be held Friday night at the MPEC Center to finish up the fundraiser. On Saturday the hunters will wake up bright and early to celebrate their efforts.

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