JAMESTOWN – The Saint Susan’s Center kicked off it’s annual Community Holiday Haul at the Jamestown Cycle Shop this week, with donations flowing in from many different outlets.
Event organizers Keith Martin and Cherie Rowland have done this for the past eight years gathering over 90,000 pounds of food and more than $100,000 in monetary donations.
“This year, hopefully we can collect over 6 tons of food and break the 100,000 pound mark, and then if we can get a dollar more than we did last year, which was $20,000 it would be wonderful,” stated Martin.
Many of the contributors include Pepsi, Cummins, Rand Machine, and the combined efforts of Persell Middle School students. With many individuals stopping by to give whatever donations they can make.
Rowland says that the best things to donate include non-perishable foods like canned goods, as well as monetary donations.
“We need non-perishable goods,” said Rowland. “Fruits, vegetables, paper items, and any canned goods would be perfectly fine.”
All donations will go directly to the Saint Susan’s Center to help with the over 20,000 meals prepared each year.
“It will come over to Saint Susan’s Center,” explained Rowland. “Where we help people everyday, about 120 folks everyday, and we serve over 20,000 meals each year and we’re excited.
While the event focuses on donations Martin believes that it is so much more.
“It’s not just the donations, but it’s to bring the light of Saint Susan’s and the wonderful work they do in our community,” explained Martin
The event will continue through Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Jamestown Cycle Shop’s parking lot.