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HaysFreePress.com 16 YEARS OF SERVICE Buda fire chief celebrates accomplishments with department. - Page 1D PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO Organizers of.the Empty Bowls Project have amassed about 75 bowls that will be filled with homemade soup this weekend to benefit the Hays County Food Bank. i 'Empty Bo00ls'P"oject Fundraiser focuses on helping ill,1 tbod bank BY JEN BIUND0 jen@haysfreepress.com It may be just a simple meal of soup, bread and water, but it's gourmet soup, homemade bread and all for a good cause- plus, you get to keep the bowl. This Sunday, Feb. 21, from 4-6 p.m., the first Buda/Kyle Empty Bowls Proj- ect will serve up soup at Casa Aide restaurant on Buda's Main Street to benefit the Hays County Food Bank. As the recession deepened and un- employment rates skyrocketed, many social service non-profits across the nation reported rising demand, and the Hays County Food Bank was no exception. Between 2007 and 2009, the number of meals served increased by 44 percent, sometimes leaving the shelves close to bare, said Hays County Food Bank Community Rela- tions Coordinator Pat Tessaro. "We're feeding quite a few more families due to the slowdown in the economy," Tessaro said. "Demand is way up." In Hays County, 3,853 children received food stamps in 2007; by 2010, that number doubled to 7,637, accord- ag to data released this week by the non-profit Center for Public Policy Priorities. About 13 percent of Hays County children live in poverty. Empty bowls projects have grown in popularity in recent years as a way to call attention to hunger and raise money. Buda physical therapist and Democrat precinct chair Rachel Na- jera came up with the idea of bringing the fundraiser to Hays County, and turned to members of the Kyle/Buda Women Democrats for help. ',s a group, I thought it was im- portant to put emphasis on the fact that we care about our community members," Najera said. The event is about fundmising for See EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT, pg. 4C soldmrs comfort Buda Bees quilt for " ' BY SANDRA GRIZZLE sandra@haysfreepress.com he Buda Bees quilting group recently present- ed handmade pillow- cases to U. S. Army Sgt. 1st Class StanleyTolbert, Master Sgt. Shonda Griffin, Sgt. 1st Class Alex Smith and Sgt. Major Terry Smith all in the 11 lth Corps, G4 (Logistics) stationed at Fort Hood. Sgt. 1st Class Smith and Master Sgt. Griffin left on Valentine's Day for Iraq and Tolbert and Sgt. Major Smith will follow in late April for 12 months. The pillowcases will be distributed to members of their unit on the western side of Bagdad at the International Airport. The Buda Bees are hoping that the pillowcases placed on their single bed in a trailer in far away I.raq will make them feel that the folks in Buda are thinking about them and wishing them a safe journey back home. Sgt. Major Smith is the son-in-law of Buda residents, lacinto and Julia Castro. Smith is married to Castro's daugh- ter Kelly. PHOTO BY SANDRA GRIZZLE U. S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Stanley Tolbert (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Alex Smith show off the pillowcases handmade by the Buda Bees. They both liked the "Texas" themed ones. February 17, 2010 Page 1C Schools share fundraising profits BUDA BITS he Elm Grove Eagles PTA soars to new heights by giving up their second fundraiser of the year to help their new neighbor school, Carpenter Hill Elementary. Ev- ery PTA is allowed two fund- raisers per year to raise money for their school and since the school will open this year, Elm Grove PTA wanted to help the new PTA at Carpenter Hill by giving their profits to help them start their new PTA fund. Approximately two-thirds of the current Elm Grove student population will be moving to the new school and this fund- raiser will give the new group a good start up. PTAs provide funds for their teachers and supply other items that may be needed in the classroom. Thanks, Elm Grove PTA. See BUDA BITS, pg. 4C Condolences and congratulations ODDS & 'must make a comment on the weather change on ,Sunday. Only in Texas can a change come so quickly. You heard the thunder, it's Febru- ary and Dad always said "it will freeze in April, if it thun- ders in February." So hard on the early gardens. oeo St. John Lutheran Church Men's Fellowship met at Nona's Caf6 and Grill Sat. morning for breakfast preceding the busi- ness meeting at the Rec Center. Thirteen attended including Rev. Mel Newman, pastor of Grace Lutheran of San Marcos, and Emma Saxon, who accompa- nied her father Richard Saxon. The business meeting was held and all enjoyed the birthday cake on Emma's birthday. Oee lean Collier was transferred to Seton-Hays last Friday. She was diagnosed as having pneu- monia. She remains hospital- ized, undergoing treatment and tests. Hurry home, ]ean. oee lim Alexander is recovering from a motorcycle accident. He has been transferred to a rehab hospital in Austin. We wish him well. OOO Sympathy is extended to Susan Whisenant and family in the death of her mother, ShirleyWhisenant. OOe Congratulations to Ranson Moore, grandson of Daniel and Sharon Heideman, on placing 2 nd in the breeders show of hogs. Ranson showed his Duroc sow in one of the classes in the Livestock Show in San Antonio. VEINTEC TM VARICOSE VEIN CLINICS NEW OFFICE IN BUDA! 1760 FM 967,