Volunteers come out for It's Spooky To Be Hungry weigh-in

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Carolyn Abshire has had a difficult four months. Her mother died at the end of July, and in September she moved.

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Golden Harvest Food Bank events coordinator Millie Robinson (left) accepts a food donation from Cheryl Watkins and her husband, Wilson, at the bank's warehouse.  MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL
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Golden Harvest Food Bank events coordinator Millie Robinson (left) accepts a food donation from Cheryl Watkins and her husband, Wilson, at the bank's warehouse.

But she put her grief and stress aside to help feed the hungry through the It’s Spooky To Be Hungry food drive.

“I know there’s other people out there that need it. I may be in that position one
day to need it myself,” she said.

Abshire came Saturday to the It’s Spooky To Be Hungry weigh-in at the Golden Harvest Food Bank warehouse, where the food drive totals were announced.

The campaign raised $54,117.98 and collected 113,461 pounds of food from drives in Aiken, Richmond and Columbia counties.

The money was just short of the $60,000 goal, said Millie Robinson, who coordinates the food drive.

“I attribute it to the economy and it being an election year,” she said.

For every dollar raised, the food bank can purchase $7 worth of food through collaboration with other food banks.

The food collected during It’s Spooky To Be Hungry will be distributed to area nonprofit agencies such as church food pantries and shelters.

Saturday’s weigh-in served as an appreciation event for the volunteers, many of whom Robinson said are as dedicated as Abshire.

For the past seven years, Abshire has served as the neighborhood coordinator for the food drive. Her daughter and her 15-year-old grandson help her.

This year, they collected 967 pounds of food from three neighborhoods: Merrymont, Hillbrook and Summerville West.

Under her direction, neighborhood Boy Scouts went door to door at nearly 700 houses asking for donations of nonperishable food items.

Before she left Saturday’s event, Abshire told Robinson she was interested in helping to sort the food.

“This is our dedicated sort of people. You’re amazing,” Robinson told her.

COLLECTION BY THE NUMBERS

• Money raised: $54,117.98

• Pounds of food collected: 113,461

• With every dollar raised, Golden Harvest can buy $7 of food by collaborating with other food banks.


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