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Family will collect food for needy Feb. 19

Alan and Judy Shapiro will be spreading some of their goodwill Feb. 19 when they hold a food drive outside the Thomson Depot.

The Shapiros will drive their motor home over to one of Thomson's most historic landmarks and collect food and cash from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Donations will go to needy families. Mr. Shapiro said that his family is organizing the drive so that those in need aren't forgotten after the usual Christmas rush of charity drives and fundraisers.

"I was just thinking that these people are hungry all year-round, especially in January and February when it's super cold," he said. "After the holidays, everybody kind of forgets about them. So, I decided to do one in February when it's the coldest."

Mr. Shapiro said that he has taken part in Christmas-time food drives for years, donating to homeless shelters in Augusta and Agape Ministries in Thomson, which will be helping the Shapiros with their food drive. Already, he said he's been encouraged by the publicity his drive has been getting.

"Lion's Club is going to donate some food; I've got banners up around town, and it's been on the radio. We've gotten some good exposure," he said.

He added that Ryan's has agreed to donate some food to the drive. While the Shapiros will accept all kinds of food, non-perishables are preferred.

Mr. Shapiro said he will also take advantage of the fact that the Thomson Rotary Club meets every Thursday at the depot and will be asking members to contribute.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004

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