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Agri-Life Extension Service Update

by Johanna Hicks

Souper Bowl of Caring

Now that we know who will be playing in the Super Bowl, be part of something greater by impacting people’s lives! Our Hopkins County 4-H Clubs are teaming up with tacklehunger.org to inspire every household that watches (or has watched) an NFL game to donate just one food item. So if you watched a pre-playoff match, a play-off game, or plan to watch the Super Bowl, you are challenged to participate! That would provide enough food to feed many people for a long time. All foods that are donated and monetary contributions will stay in Hopkins County.

There are four drop-off stations: Hopkins County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Springs High School, Alliance Bank, Sulphur Springs, and the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. Several food items arrived at the Extension Office, but we hope for much more. Our County 4-H Council members will bring food items to the February 7 meeting, so they lead by example. Our goal is to top the previous donation of 253 pounds of food, and with your help, we can do it! Approximately 21% of the children in Hopkins County live in poverty, and 23% of adults under the age of 25 are uninsured, so there is a definite need!

Food items will be collected through February 14 and delivered to local agencies on February 15 for distribution to clientele. Please help us make this year’s event a huge success!

Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes Reminder

We still have a few remaining seats for the 2022 “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series, scheduled for February 14, 17, 21, 24, and 28. This series covers self-management, diabetes medicines, physical activity, meal planning, and more. If you have diabetes or know someone who could benefit from attending this series, don’t hesitate to reach out by calling 903-885-3443. Sessions will be at 1:30 pm at the Hopkins County Extension Office. A small one-time fee of $20, payable at the first session, will cover materials, refreshments, door prizes, and top-notch presenters.

Closing Thought

A sympathetic heart is like a spring of pure water bursting forth from the mountainside–anonymous.