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Fill the Truck for ECHO

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
November 2, 2010
— You're grocery cart is full of what the family needs for meals for the following week.

But if you can find it in your heart, wallet and cart to add a few more nonperishable items to your weekly grocery list, your generosity will help others in need here not go hungry.


Once you've got the groceries in your vehicle, set the extras aside until Saturday.


That's when you can drop off your donations at the Fill the Truck event to benefit ECHO, a local faith-sponsored charity and its food pantry.


The truck will be parked from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Throndsen Lettering, 4375 Highway 26, one mile north of Kmart.


Staff and volunteers of ECHO plus Jill and Paul Throndsen and their friends will be there to greet you and help you unload your donations.


"Paul and I donate food and money to ECHO throughout the year," Jill said.


In addition, "pretty much every time we go grocery shopping, we do our ECHO shopping as well," she said.


So when the Throndsens noticed a definite need for more food donations when they've dropped off their goodies, they thought it would be a good idea to get the community involved with the cold weather season approaching.


"We decided to do this hopefully to stimulate and encourage others to donate as well. Hopefully there's going to be people willing to help those more in need out. We just thought it would be a good gesture," Jill said.


Although the Throndsens have no goal set as to how much food they want to collect, Jill said they're willing to accept "as much as possible."



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