annual Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry drive coming Nov. 21, 22
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Last year, WLCN-FM 96.3 station
manager Jim Ash spent a weekend up in the air, suspended in a ticket
booth on the end of a crane in the Lincoln IGA's parking lot. The
stunt was to bring attention to the food drive happening at the IGA,
and by all measures the drive was a success
Although Saturday's event last year was cut short
due to a chilling, freezing rain, 13 pickup trucks filled with
groceries made their way onto the pantry's shelves. There were also
hundreds of dollars collected in cash and checks as community
members stopped by to donate either food or cash to this local
This year, Jim won't be doing a high-wire act, but
he will be doing something that should also turn the heads of
shoppers and passers-by.
On the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving, Ash
will be dressed as Santa Claus and will have his office situated on
top of the IGA building itself. Jim will start his day at 6 a.m.
Friday and at 7 a.m. Saturday. The slogan for this year's food drive
is "Help Bring Down Hunger and Help Bring Down Santa Claus!"
Bill Overton of the food pantry stated that
currently the pantry has 470 families and 1,400 individuals in total
who receive staples from them every week. He said that every week
the pantry signs up new clients.
The Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry, located at 125 N.
Logan St., is administered by an all-volunteer staff.
In these tough times, some pantries have had to
close or skip a pickup date, but the Lincoln organization has not
had to do so. Overton attributes this success to the community as a
whole, noting that individuals, businesses and churches in the area
actively and consistently help with food drives.
Ash asks that individuals, churches, civic groups
and organizations all start collecting nonperishable food items
right now to ensure this year's drive is a huge success.
It also will help get him off the roof.
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received from WLCN; LDN staff]
nonperishable food items to the Lincoln IGA or purchase
pre-sacked items at IGA to help. The more food donated,
the sooner Santa can leave the rooftop and prepare for
Nov. 21, 22
Replenish the Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry
Over 1,400 Logan County residents rely
on the Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry. Your help is