November 13, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - Individuals, businesses, service groups and organizations came together to help stock the shelves of the Ketchikan Salvation Army Food Pantry. On Saturday November 11th, hundreds turned out to the Tatsuda's IGA parking lot braving rain, snow, hail and wind to contribute 10,974 pounds to the 3rd Annual Salvation Army Food Drive.
The event began at 10:00 am when Carlos Sepulveda was hoisted 60 feet into the air in a man lift, and given a cell phone and bull horn to encourage donations. The event was broadcast on GCI Cable 15, on Gateway County and on AM 930 KTKN.
Jim Hill of the Ketchikan Volunteer Fire Department was the official Scale Master for the event and oversaw the scale donated for use by Norquest. Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard in Ketchikan helped lift and stack the food into the AML freight container. Conner Jepson tallied the total for the 6 hour event. Representatives from the Lion's Club rang the Salvation Army donation Bell and Kettle outside of Tatsuda's.
Other dignitaries ascending the heights in the man lift to raise awareness for the Salvation Army included Paul Denton, Richa Owen, and Mike Gates. Jamie Beldo, Joel Gallie, and Mary Biggerstaff Emceed the event.
Majors James and Eileen Halverson, the Commanders of the Salvation Army said "We are astounded by the outpouring of generosity from Ketchikan. These contributions will go along way to feed the hungry in Ketchikan both for the holiday season, and for the rest of the year. Thank you to every person involved in this wonderful event." Major James Halverson went on to say "Rotary 2000 will be sorting and boxing all of the food garnered from the food drive on Monday at 6:00 pm at the Salvation Army headquarters on Stedman, and additional volunteers are invited"
Photo courtesy Blake Messer
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