Photo submitted Delivering food to Good Samaritan.

Photo submitted

Delivering food to Good Samaritan.

Starting in 2018, First Southern National Bank organized a yearly canned food drive involving the Logan County and Russellville School systems to help make a difference in the community. With the second year in full swing, the bank and its partnership with the elementary schools are reaching not only goals but reaching out to the many people in need who are finding what they need thanks to big hearts and caring kids.

Both years have been extremely successful," said Misty Bromm, Retail Banker for First Southern National Bank. "This is my favorite event we organize and partake in each year. I am so happy to get involved with the youth in Logan County. Giving is something so close to my heart and working at First Southern allows me to pursue that passion."

This year the items collected totaled right at 4,000. The items are all donated to Logan County Good Samaritan.

"The event took place through the month of February and the items were picked up and delivered on March 4," said Bromm.

On the Facebook page for the Logan County Good Samaritan, it was mentioned that the shelves were truly bare before the deliveries were made.

"A big shout out to all six schools in Logan County for collecting and a big shout out to the Russellville Panther football coach Mikie Benton and three of his senior players (Javier Canales, Shawn Steele, and Ethan Paul) for going to each school, collecting the items and taking them to the Good Samaritan," said Bromm.

Canales, who is one of the senior co-op students at First Southern National Bank said, "I felt so privileged to be involved with this event and to help out in my community."

Each school has a winning classroom who collects the most items and then receives a pizza party on First Southern.

"We are so pleased by the efforts of First Southern Bank and the local schools in their quest to fill our shelves," said Denise McDonald, Director of the Logan County Good Samaritan. "They were truly bare before the food was delivered. Many don't realize the amount of food distributed. Even if a family only leaves with 12 items and we have 20 families that day, then 240 items have been distributed."