Food drive held in time for hol­i­days

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Oak­lawn de­liv­ered sev­eral tons of canned goods and other non­per­ish­able food to lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in time for the hol­i­days Tues­day as part of the sixth an­nual Yes! We Can! Food Drive.

It took two box trucks and one over­flow­ing pickup truck to dis­perse the food that filled the lobby of Oak­lawn’s gam­ing cen­ter, Oak­lawn Rac­ing & Gam­ing said in a news re­lease.

The food items were ac­cepted from pa­trons Nov. 5-12 and de­liv­ered to Ali’s A.C.E. (All Cre­ated Equal) Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, Jack­son House and First United Methodist Com­mu­nity

Food Pantry just in time for the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day, the re­lease said.

“This is awe­some,” said Kay Fleis­chner, Ali’s A.C.E. co­or­di­na­tor. “This do­na­tion is very much ap­pre­ci­ated. It’s go­ing to help a lot of fam­i­lies.”

“This is just won­der­ful,” Janie Smith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Jack­son House, said in the re­lease. “We’re very grate­ful for this mar­velous do­na­tion. We’ve seen a higher need among fam­i­lies this fall and we’ve al­most spent our en­tire bud­get for the year, so this do­na­tion is very im­por­tant in al­low­ing us to meet those needs dur­ing the hol­i­days.”

“The Yes! We Can! Food Drive is some­thing both our guests and team mem­bers look for­ward to each year,” said Oak­lawn’s di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing, Kim Baron. “We’re happy that the pro­mo­tion seems to get big­ger and big­ger each year, which al­lowed us to help three won­der­ful char­i­ties dur­ing a time of year when the need is so great.”

For their gen­eros­ity, pa­trons were given en­tries into a cash draw­ing held Nov. 12 for ev­ery food item they brought in dur­ing the week.

The Sen­tinel-Record/Richard Ras­mussen

HOL­I­DAY FOOD DRIVE: Oak­lawn Rac­ing & Gam­ing em­ployee Justin Stevens loads non­per­ish­able food items into boxes at Oak­lawn on Tues­day. The food was col­lected from pa­trons and em­ploy­ees dur­ing the an­nual week­long Yes! We Can! hol­i­day food drive and was dis­trib­uted in three trucks to the First United Methodist Church Food Bank, Jack­son House and Ali’s A.C.E. (All Cre­ated Equal) Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.

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