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Community helps WTOC set new record for food collected on annual Day of Giving

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 1:39 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 19, 2021 at 12:14 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - WTOC was proud to once again partner with Second Harvest this year for our annual Day of Giving food drive.

WTOC spent the day collecting food donations at the Sam’s Club on Montgomery Cross Road in Savannah. We’re excited to announce, thanks to all of you in the community, we set a new record for food collected on Thursday - 8,501 pounds. According to Second Harvest, that equals 7,084 meals!

All day Thursday - we watched as volunteers, viewers and gracious shoppers alike at the Sam’s Club in Savannah took time out of their busy days, to give-back to our community.

Helping fill a need - that very much exists.

“We’re still hearing from a lot of people that are back at work, but they just can’t make ends meet. And they struggle with putting food on the table,” said Mary Jane Crouch with the Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

“I’ve been blessed through all my years from God, and I want to help other people that need food and shelter and whatever. It comes from the heart, and from God,” said volunteer Ron Lusk.

By the time late afternoon rolled-around, we’d collected thousands of pounds of food. But the biggest donation of all was about to arrive all thanks, to the First New African Methodist Christian Church.

“The bible tells us to be the voice for the voiceless, clothe the naked and, with this, to feed the hungry,” said Bishop Dr. Estella Shabazz with First New African Methodist Christian Church.

Bishop Dr. Estella Shabazz delivered a check - large enough, to fill two giant crates, with food. Much of it - perfect for school lunches.

Shabazz says, the church has been waiting for an opportunity, like this.

“This is what the Church did today. With the help of WTOC, Second Harvest, Sam’s and the Walmart Foundation... we are so grateful.”

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