For the second year in a row, the Green community embraced the giving spirit of the holiday season with the Green Gives Back food drive to benefit Green Good Neighbors.

For the second year in a row, the Green community embraced the giving spirit of the holiday season with the Green Gives Back food drive to benefit Green Good Neighbors.

The second-annual event collected more than 100 shopping carts full of non-perishable food items and personal care items to benefit those in need. Donations were accepted at more than 25 area businesses and organizations, including all Green Local Schools buildings, auto dealerships, doctor’s offices and restaurants.

“The residents and businesses of Green are very caring and generous,” Mayor Dick Norton said in a statement.  “Thank you to all the businesses who served as drop off locations and to all those who donated this year.”

The city sponsored the drive, which ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

Items from the drive went to multiple sources, according to communications director Valerie Wolford.

“The items dropped off  at the school buildings were donated to their Blessings in a Backpack program,” Wolford said. “All items that were not needed for their Backpack program were donated to Green Good Neighbors.”

The food drive began last year when the city’s human resources manager, Jeanne Greco, approached Norton about the idea of a food drive to benefit those in need. Norton agreed with the concept and the connection was quickly made to Green Good Neighbors, which works in a charitable capacity throughout the year to assist local individuals and families in need.

All of those involved with the food drive do so on a volunteer basis, including the donation of collection boxes by the Kimble Company, which is also the trash aggregate provider for the city.

Other businesses participated by installing donation boxes for employees and collecting dozens of items on their own.

Those who wanted to participate in the drive with a cash donation were referred directly to Green Good Neighbors, Wolford said. The items donated covered a wide range and included non-perishable foods, paper products, laundry soap, bath soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste.

All of the donated items will be put to good use by Green Local Schools and Green Good Neighbors, ensuring that those in need receive a helping hand throughout the year.

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