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Friday, September 20, 2013 12:22 AM

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VAN WERT — The United Way of Van Wert County would like to remind you of the upcoming 15th anniversary Day of Caring Food Drive for the Salvation Army Food Pantry to take place on Sept. 27.

Did you know that since the inception of the Day of Caring Food Drive, 327,997 items have been donated? That is approximately 107 tons of food, enough to fill several semi-trailers! If you laid all of the donated food items end to end, it would travel approximately 20.71 miles and stretch across the entire Van Wert County from east to west.

The United Way and Salvation Army sincerely thank you for your generous support over the past 15 years and again ask for your assistance in this year’s food drive. Our goal this year is to collect 30,000 food items. Donations can be made at a number of United Way Food Drive barrels stationed at local businesses and industries throughout the county.

In addition to the food drive barrels, Van Wert County schools will be holding food drives as well as food drives through the County Service Club Challenge and the Main Street Challenge. The County Service Club Challenge pits the Van Wert Service Club against the Optimist Club and Rotary Club to see which organization collects the most food items. The winning club gets to once again proudly display the traveling United Way Food Drive Service Club Challenge plaque. In the Main Street Challenge, Main Street businesses have joined forces with Van Wert City and County government to collect food items. If Main Street businesses and city/county government reach their goal, Deb Russell, Executive Director of United Way of Van Wert County, and Scott Mull, 2013 Day of Caring Chair, have agreed to take pies in the face in front the courthouse at noon on Sept. 27.

New this year is also the Lincolnview-Crestview High School food drive challenge for a traveling plaque as well as ice cream parties and teacher massage certificates for the winning classrooms of the county pre-school, elementary and middle schools.

Those needing assistance in locating a barrel for donations can call the United Way office at 419-238-6689. For more information on the United Way Day of Caring, call United Way of Van Wert County, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us on the web at Be sure to check out the United Way of Van Wert County Facebook page for current events of the United Way and the Day of Caring!

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Last Updated on Friday, September 20, 2013 12:27 AM

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