I was embarrassed and astonished to learn of how many Northlanders there are that are in need of food. Not just during the holidays, but on a day to day basis. I learned that many of them are our neighbors and many are children. The late Patrick Plys and his family saw the need and with their direction, ambition and passion, the Project Joy Backpack Program was introduced in our area. You can help by attending the Project Joy Event or by volunteering your time.