, Derry, New Hampshire

July 4, 2013

Editorial: Share and share alike

Derry News

---- — There’s been a local shift in admission fees, one the community can be proud of.

When runners from toddlers through grandparents gather Thursday for the second week of the Great Derry Track Club’s Kids Summer Fun Run, they’re asked to bring a food donation with them.

Last year, runners donated nearly 2,300 pounds of food for local food pantries over the course of the six-week series.

Last week, the kickoff race went off, despite the heavy showers that blew through at race time. A healthy 245 pounds of food were collected.

The RC Fly-In, scheduled for this past Saturday and Sunday, didn’t want remote-controlled plane enthusiasts to bring cash. Instead, they requested donations for Derry’s Sonshine Soup Kitchen. That will remain true when the event is rescheduled next month.

The soup kitchen is a gift itself, serving free hot meals five days a week for nearly 15 years.

Second Chance Ministries invited the community to a free Christian rock concert Sunday. Concert-goers were asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry.

The list goes on.

If you’re hosting an event and can afford to forgo admission charges, think about collecting donations instead.

If you’re going to an event that asks for a food donation, calculate what the cost of a ticket might have been and bring that much - or more - in food.

There’s a lot to be said for the power of giving.