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Bradshaw-Chambers County Library’s annual Iron Bowl food drive ended on Monday with items donated by Auburn fans leading those donated by Alabama fans 746-553. The big winners are those served by the Christian Service Center and the Interfaith Food Closet over the holiday season. Mary Sue Newton, right, with Librarian Mary Hamilton, was the drawing winner among Auburn fans and Dot Brumbeloe, left, with Jack Wright of the library staff, was the winner among the Alabama fans. — Photo by Wayne Clark

OUR VIEW: Tackle Hunger Food Drive makes everyone a winner

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aturday’s thrilling Iron Bowl win wasn’t the only win for Auburn University fans over the weekend as War Eagle fans also out donated Crimson Tide fans in the Bradshaw-Chambers County Library Tackle Hunger Food Drive.

In reality, though, everybody wins in these situations.

The library started its food drive in September, and collected a total of 1,299 non-perishable food items to be donated to the Christian Service Center and the Interfaith Food Closet.

The final score was Auburn 746, Alabama 553.

The drive is a fun way to get people in the mood to donate food but the real reason behind the need for the food drive shouldn’t be forgotten. The holidays can be especially tough for those in need and being able to get food from the services involved can make or break somebody’s holiday.

Speaking of free meals during the holidays, the Greater Valley Area also didn’t disappoint during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Three local churches got involved in the giving spirit on Thanksgiving by handing out free meals. In Lanett, Plant City Baptist Church handed out more than 150 meals, and in Valley, Fairview Baptist Church handed out more than 125 meals.In West Point, Point Refuge Churches, along with the help of Mayor Steve Tramell and the downtown restaurants in West Point, stood at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and 10th Street for two hours Thursday preparing and delivering about 250 meals to anyone in need.

These are the types of scenes that make all of us proud to live, work and play in the Greater Valley Area. Moreover, it gives all a sense of pride to call this place home when we see all of this generosity happening in our backyard.

Being the middle of the holiday season, there are still plenty of people who need help, so if you can give, please do.