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Under the Hat: Not Today

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If you asked most people they would say that they come from a giving and caring community.

Indeed, just about every town in the land has some form of charity machinery in place to help neighbors in need.

We're no different in this part of the world; and we hear quite often how northwest Pennsylvania will stand together to help in the face of immediate crisis like a weather disaster or ongoing chronic issues like poverty and hunger.

As someone in the media, a few times a year I get a front row seat to watch people prove that those claims of generosity aren't just hype here.

One of those moments came just this week as the station hosted its annual Drive Thru Holiday Food Drive.

The idea is simple enough; at the station and nine other locations throughout the region people could drop off non-perishable food items or money.

Those gifts would then be sent to the Second Harvest Food Bank, which is the supplier of food to hundreds of food pantries around the region.

The response is always amazing. One guy just gave us 500 dollars, out of the blue. Another brought six full sized frozen turkeys but then felt the need to also donate money for the rest of the fixings.

One lady donated 85 cents; because that's what she had.

In total more than 38,000 dollars was raised, along with another 38,000 pounds of food.

That along with dozens of other efforts to provide hot meals should ensure that anyone in the area who wants a meal for Thanksgiving can get one.

It's a holiday where perhaps we can say that while hunger will be with us always, it doesn't have to be today.

Not today.

Proof that we really do live, in a giving and caring community.

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