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13th Annual Brent Berry Food Drive delivers donations to the Salvation Army

Despite the pandemic, the Berry family says donation turnout this year was better than ever.
13th Annual Brent Berry Food Drive delivers donations to the Salvation Army
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:27 AM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -

We’ve been following the hard work of one local family as they collected donations to benefit the Harrisonburg Salvation Army food pantry. Yesterday, Jan. 4th, 2021, that hard work paid off. The Berry family delivered two bus loads of goods, which is more than they’ve ever seen.

“Salvation Army’s been here since 1925, their slogan’s Doing the Most Good, my slogan’s Doing the Most Good to Stop Hunger in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County,” said Bucky Berry, the founder of the Brent Berry Food Drive.

The 13th annual food drive kicked off on Dec. 18, 2020, outside of the Bridgewater Foods Supermarket. And despite the pandemic, the Berry family says donation turnout this year was better than ever.

“We got a lot of food, we filled two Rockingham County school buses to the roof!” said Brent Berry.

With the help of local first responders, the donations were escorted to, and unloaded at the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.

“I’m really amazed about what’s happening, just to see the support of the community,” said Harrisonburg Salvation Army Captain, Eunice Gitau. “This is the greatest help that we can get, and we just want the community to know that nobody needs to go hungry.”

With a lot of helping hands, and two hours later, the Salvation Army is now filled with goods, ready to be given to those struggling in the community.

Harrisonburg Captains say the Salvation Army assists roughly 13,000 people each year through its food pantry, so they’re extremely grateful for all donations they receive.

“It means a great deal, because we would not afford to do all this if we never had the support of the community,” said Captain Gitau.

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