A bittersweet story

Is this a happy story or a sad one? All depends on how you look at it. First, the sweet.

The 16th annual Harvest Drive helped 400 families this year, nearly double last year's effort.

But thanks to generous donors, there was enough to take care of everyone on the list.

"We went to our schools, went to our community, and we were overwhelmed," said Patti Bradley, who organizes the drive with Renee Herman and Kim O'Neill.
The Harvest Drive provides a Thanksgiving meal and a week's worth of groceries, so this was no small undertaking. 400 families is a lot of people, and a lot of expense, what with rising food costs. Now the bitter.
Organizers said they saw an increased need this year in families throughout Broward.
Yeah, more people in need than in past years. The Harvest Drive helped out 400 families for a week, but I'm sure that more than 400 could have used the help, and that they'll still be struggling after that week's worth of groceries are long gone.

I'd like to thank the people who donated their time and money to the effort, but I hope we recognize that there's only so much we as a society can do as volunteers at the local level.

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