Emergency Food Drive Aims to Fill Empty Shelves at Salvation Army

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.--- Neighbor "Bucky" Berry and his family collected more than $1,500 in checks and filled a half a truck with items during an emergency food drive on Saturday.

The donations will benefit the Salvation Army of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, which had to close its food pantry last week.

Captain Duane Burleigh said currently the organization has food in its shelves because neighbors helped out after finding out the pantry closed.

He said the Salvation Army serves 600 to 700 families a month. Burleigh said the food drive will help with the increasing need.

Neighbor Patrick Randolph donated items at the event because he wants to help his community.

"I don't think anyone should starve because it's not fair to those people who can barely feed their families and for people like us who can," said Randolph.

Neighbor Les Strawderman who donated money said he hopes he makes a difference.

"If I am able to do it and the lord has blessed me, maybe I can bless somebody else," said Strawderman.

Berry will deliver the donations to the Salvation Army on Monday.

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