Over the last month, we here at KELOLAND TV have been doing our best to show you the need for food and the number of hungry people all across the state.
On Friday, the employees of KELO, with the help of you in the community, are giving back by holding a food drive to benefit Feeding South Dakota.
This cause is one that has become extremely important to many of our people.
"Thousands of people watch us everyday, but how many people are touched? We don't know. But by doing something like this, by helping the Humane Society, by helping Feeding South Dakota, we know," KELOLAND News Producer Andy Graning said.
No matter where you are in the station, whether it’s people you see everyday in the newsroom or those behind the scenes, we all have one word that surrounds our goal at KELO-TV and that's community.
"We are a business in KELOLAND but we also give back. It’s not just being a bubble; it’s being apart of the community," KELOLAND Marketing Strategist Jack Gregg said.
"I always learned you should work where you live and live where you work. Which means to give back and be apart of the community and you should know what's going on and play a role," Graning said.
The reality is, hunger can affect everyone in the state.
"This allows people to see KELO as apart of the community. I mean there may be people inside of the station who have needed help for their family at one time or another. That's why giving back is good because they are supporting us by watching.” KELOLAND News Director Heidi Bounphithack said.
It’s because of that sense of community that we are having a food drive on the steps of our station all day on Friday.