An organization is spreading cheer across the region in the form of clothing, food, bedding, toiletries and a variety of items with help from the Cowboy Church of Erath County, the 4-H Club, the Girl Scouts, Hard Eight BBQ and several other businesses and individuals.

Come Eat, Inc. is a non-profit that has been in business for almost seven years delivering to those in need.

“Last year we distributed over 6,000 pounds of meat and canned and packaged goods,” Director of Come Eat LZ Harris said. “Everything we do relies on support from a very giving community.”

You may have noticed large blue donation buckets set up around the Stephenville area — the Stephenville Police Department, Stephenville Fire Department Station 2, here at the Empire-Tribune and other locations — which were all put in place by Harris.

But Come Eat, Inc. doesn’t just cover Erath County and has expanded as far west as Abilene.

“Once we felt like Come Eat was able to fill local needs, we extended into other nearby areas,” Harris said. “There is need everywhere and always somewhere we can help make lives better for our fellow people.”

Harris has picked up the blue donation buckets and has started distributing items for the holiday season.

Besides expanding its territory, the organization has also expanded its mission.

“The new-found mission of Come Eat is to provide ongoing support that will one day take those it serves out of the feeding line and place them in line for gainful employment and independence,” Harris said. “It’s now as much about providing a step up as it is about providing a square meal.”

For more information about Come Eat, Inc. or to make a donation, contact Harris at 817-913-1235 or email lzhtwm@gmail.com.

“Come Eat, Inc. wishes to express our appreciation to all that donate and help make it possible to bring light into the darkest areas,” Harris said.