As the cans stacked up, the number kept climbing.

"Hopefully what I've brought and donated will help them [the Food Bank of West Central Texas] helps," said Angelita Rodriguez.

This drive would not be as big if not for the many people that make it happen.

"It's invaluable. You can't put a number on it," pointed out Jody Houston, the Director of the Food Bank of West Central Texas.

Even those who felt called to donate realize what the drive can do for others.

"It's a blessing for me to give to others," said Rodriguez.

"I love doing charity, and I think it's a great way to help out," added Kimberly Caldwell.

While some donors wished they could've done more to help, others, it could be argued, gave too much.

Radio D.J. Frank Pain found himself making a wager to "strip" down to his Santa boxers and a Santa hat, if someone donated a single gift of $500.

It happened.

So did his "outfit."

"I didn't think anybody was going to pay the money, I honestly thought it was a safe bet," admitted Pain.

However, many of the valuable donations go beyond the food, and the clothes. It can even mean sharing their talents to encourage others.

"Playing a guitar and singing is not hard, it's a gift I have and if it helps in anyway, I try to give back and do it," said Country music artist, Zach Harmon.

Because in the end, it all adds up.

"It's a great cause and Jody Houston and the Food Bank of West Central Texas is an amazing organization," said Pain.

"It's such a wonderful thing to know that people have a commitment to your organization," added Houston.

The drive raised over 441,000 pounds of food, making it possible for the Food Bank to help many families over the coming months.

Source: Big Country Homepage, http://bigcountryhomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=321347; Reported by: Tim Johnston, December 8, 2010

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