Put out the call, and Glynn County will respond. It is a fact we have witnessed time and time again.

Last week, the call came out from Sparrow’s Nest Food Bank, as it does periodically when the shelves are sparsely populated in the pantry. This time, the request to the community came after the food bank had to close in the middle of a Monday and turn away hungry families in need. Within a little more than a week, the shelves were stocked again, and in a big way. The Golden Isles stayed true to form.

We hope local folks continue to do the same as we transition from summer into fall. The busiest time for food bank donations comes during the holiday season in November and December, but that is still a couple of months away. People in need are not only hungry during the holidays. It is a year-round struggle for many families.

That is why Sparrow’s Nest, The Salvation Army, churches throughout the area, Saved by Grace, Blessings in a Backpack and Manna House, among other organizations, all need our help, regardless of the season.

It is easy sometimes to see the comfortable, beachside lifestyle many local people live and forget that only a few miles away, there are others who struggle to find their next meal on a daily basis.

Many of them have children who, outside of the breakfasts and lunches served everyday at Glynn County Schools, may not be getting the proper nutrition a growing child needs.

Whether you clean out your own pantry and donate a few boxes of macaroni and cheese, make a special trip to the store or organize a company-wide food drive for one of these important organizations, we encourage you to get involved in some way.

Helping others is as much a tradition in the Golden Isles as fishing, shrimp and grits, football or oyster roasts. The best part: that spirit of giving can be found all year long.

Don’t wait until the holidays. Don’t wait until you hear about a specific need. Get involved with a charitable organization today and show your neighbors in need that they matter and that their community will not let them go hungry anytime soon.

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