The 2011 Fund and Food Drive totals are better than we originally expected. We didn't have totals on the online donations of $3,000, a check from Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange for $1,975 or a check from WSFA 12 News' parent company Raycom Media for $1,000.
That bumps up the total Emergency Fund and Food Drive total to $59,141 from a Friday total of $53,141.
We're not sure how we're going to top this year's record-busting haul at the WSFA Food and Fund Drive. We were out at the Chantilly Parkway Wal-Mart all day with friends from Dixie Electric.
Let's put the drive in comparison to our record breaker from 2010.
In 2010 our viewers responded to the call and donated $12,000 and 4,000 pounds of food, a substantial amount and a record that was sure to last for a while. In 2011 all bets were off.
In 2011 WSFA 12 News' viewers came out in force. They filled up 8 box trucks with more than 40,000 lbs. of food and supplies! That's 10 times more than the previous year! The city of Montgomery also brought in additional box trucks full of donations to push the food donations up to nearly 70,000 lbs.
We spoke with people from far and wide. One lady drove 70 miles from McKenzie just to drop off a donation. One lady went into the Chantilly Wal-Mart, brought out a shopping cart of supplies, dropped money in the box AND came back a second time to put more money in the box!
We're simply amazed and very grateful. Thank you.
You can still donate online. CLICK HERE.
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