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Stuff-A-Truck a huge success

By Staff | Dec 28, 2012

The second annual Leevers “Stuff-A-Truck” campaign concluded another successful holiday season, donating to the Pierce County Food Pantry.

In its inaugural year, “Stuff-A-Truck” raised $3,000 and nearly 3,000 pounds of food.

This season, the campaign went even further, contributing $4,438 and 3,500 pounds of food.

“This practically pays for everything we need for the baskets,” said Vonnie Degenstein, who runs the food pantry. “We do 125 baskets and the local people deliver them. We get around 30 volunteers.”

She said the local schools made the effort even more successful this year.

“”The high school really went all out,” Degenstein said, “and Ely (Elementary) and Little Flower helped.”

Carla Bush, who manages the front half of Leevers, was amazed at the community contribution to the campaign.

“They did, I am just absolutely floored with how well it’s gone over,” Bush said. “I was hoping we could do as well as last year and it’s gone way over.”

Both Bush and Degenstein praised the efforts of Leevers employee Teresa Johnson and Degenstein said it couldn’t be done without Leevers’ participation.

“They really, really pushed this for us,” Degenstein said.

On Dec. 14, the food was delivered to the food pantry and the very next morning, Degenstein and dozens of volunteers delivered the food to its recipients.

The boxes included a variety of produce, dried and canned goods and each recipient received a turkey and a bag of potatoes as well.

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