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PHS golf teams teeing up for Buddy Bags

The Princeton golf teams carry bags each day as they go about their business at area golf courses. Friday night, they will be teaming up for bags of a different sort.

The PHS boys and girls golf teams are sponsoring a Buddy Bags Food Drive at Friday’s home football game with Fulton at Bryant Field. All persons who bring a food or monetary donation to the ticket gate will receive a free bag of popcorn from the golf teams.

Buddy Bags is a not-for-profit organization working to address childhood hunger for students of Princeton Elementary School Districts, the Malden School District, St. Louis School, the Christian Academy and Princeton High School. The program provides children in need with bags of food and drinks for meals and snacks on non-school days.

In the 2012-13 school year alone, the Buddy Bags program provided food for 80 local students who would have likely gone hungry on weekends and other days when school was not in session to provide free/reduced meals to those in need.

Tiger team captain Zach Hicks said it’s exciting to be able to help others.

“It’s hard to fathom people around us, classmates who might sit right next to me who have to go through something like that,” he said. “I know from a team aspect it means a lot to give back. We have a great booster organization that donates toward the program and help from members of the community. So this is a great way to help others as we have been helped. Whether it’s my neighbor, classmate or teammate, we should look out for them.”

Requested non-perishable donations include:

Canned meats, soups and pasta (with pop tops).

Fruits and juices: Cups of applesauce, fruit cups, 100% juice boxes (not pouches), etc.

Breakfast items: Small boxed cereal, breakfast bars and/or Pop Tarts, milk boxes (shelf stable), etc.

Snacks (individual sized): Raisins, pudding or jello cups, pretzels and/or potato chips, cheese crackers, animal crackers, packaged cookies, etc.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com

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