Drive assists five Denver area food banks
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Latter-day Saints in the Denver Colorado North Stake organized the "Help Those in Need" food drive Saturday, Nov. 5. The food drive was in response to a call for a day of service by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, during the April 2011 general conference to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church's welfare program. President Thomas S. Monson has also encouraged members to participate in service opportunities.
A total of more than six tons of food, hygiene items and cleaning supplies were gathered and distributed to five Denver area food banks just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. These included Thornton Food Bank, Henderson Community Church Food Bank, Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Bank, Crossroads Community Food Bank and Adams 14 Hope Family Resources.
The supplies were distributed in trucks donated by Penske Trucking and USF Reddaway Trucking of Denver.
Local Boy Scout troops helped receive and box the food, and Church volunteers wearing the yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests helped to sort and load it.
"It was a very successful drive. We estimate somewhere around six tons of food came in and the gratitude from each of the food banks was wonderful. Just the look on their faces, their hugs and their heartfelt thanks was worth the price all paid to make this a success," said Riches Dixon, a member of the Reunion Ward, Denver Colorado North Stake and the director of the project.