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Pantry Boxes Coming To Sherman Parks

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SHERMAN, TX- Two parks in one Texoma town is offering up something other than a place to take your kids out to play. When you go to city parks you often think of things like monkey bars or slides, but coming soon to parks in Sherman you're going to be able to find things that you can very well find in your kitchen.

"This is way more accessible. People will be there with their children. It sounds like a great idea," said Reta Horner.

Ely Park and the Martin Luther King Park in Sherman are getting pantry boxes.

"These boxes are going to be stocked with non perishable items. Whether it be can goods, flour, sugar; things that you need or that you may need really quickly," said Kevin Couch.

The idea of the pantry boxes originated from Fayetteville, Arkansas. It's similar to the blessing box in Ardmore, but these pantry boxes will accessible for the entire city of Sherman.

 "These pantry boxes are yours. We're all in this together. It's up to us to police these things and make sure that they are stocked and they are being taken care of, and that legitimate needs are being met through these boxes," said Couch.

Those who've heard about the pantry boxes say it's a neat idea, but the meaning behind it has a powerful message.

"I think it's really cool and I think that it shows a dedication and proof to the people that they're behind their people to do something like this," said Johnathon Boynes.

The idea is that items taken will be replaced by whoever uses the pantry for the next person in need. The supplies and the box is all donated from the hearts of those who call Sherman home.

"It's the community taking care of the community. The city's not paying for this. The city's not subsidizing. They're just saying you've got the green light to put it on our property," said Couch.

Construction on the pantry boxes is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. The city is only trying it out in the two parks for now to see how well it takes off before placing them in other areas.