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Verbatim: Mayor issues food-drive challenge

Statement released Monday:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – With the holiday season upon us, Mayor Tom Henry expressed concern about the many families in our community who are struggling to make ends meet, let alone think about having any additional resources for celebrations.

"One thing the people of Fort Wayne have never lacked is a willingness to lend a hand to our neighbors," said Mayor Henry. "The agencies and organizations working to help those who seek assistance are all well aware that times are tight, budgets are lean, and the need is great. The good news is, we can each do something to help."

With that, the Mayor announced a challenge to City and County elected officials and employees, as well as Fort Wayne residents to increase donations this holiday season from the Stuff-A-Bus food drive at Georgetown Square November 22. Featured on the radio with the Jim and Carrie in the Morning WLDE-FM 101.7, the Mayor announced his family will drop off donated items to the Illinois location, which is one of four possible donation sites.

"Many in our community are feeling the effects of a sluggish economy, and I encourage everyone who is in a position to donate to those who are less fortunate," said Mayor Henry, who also provided a monetary donation at the food drive.

The Stuff-A-Bus food drive is celebrating its 15th year and accepts nonperishable food items, toiletries and monetary donations. More than 150,000 pounds of food has been donated during the past 15 years.

Donation times are today and Tuesday from 5:30 a.m. to midnight and Wednesday 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Georgetown Square, Pine Valley (in front of Rustic Hutch and Travel Leaders), McMahon Tire (Coldwater next to Glenbrook Square) and Grabill Bank (Illinois Road across from Meijer).

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