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Food Drive Collects Big Totals

Tallahassee Democrat

A nearly endless parade of people stopped by the Tallahassee Democrat Thursday (6/2) to help out with the paper’s community food drive. Gloria Pugh’s AMWAT company was providing transportation for the collected comestibles. She especially remembered two young contributors to the cause.

“We had two little boys, they must have been 5 and 6 years old and they busted their piggy bank and they took some of the proceeds from the piggy bank and went to the store and bought food and then they donated the rest of the proceeds because they wanted to make sure they donated food and fun," Pugh said.

By the end of the day, the drive had collected nearly 7,000 pounds of food and almost $6,000 in cash donations. That was great news for Second Harvest of the Big Bend Interim Executive Director Jim Croteau.

"The pounds are important because it means families, individuals, and businesses are thinking about us, they’re putting things together and making that effort to support the food bank and that connection with that mission is very important to us," Croteau said.

Helping out with the drive were Tallahassee Police and Fire departments and the Junior League of Tallahassee.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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