A steady stream of caring donors "drove up and dropped off" food, pet supplies, personal care items and more for nearly five hours on NEWS CENTER's Neighbor Helping Neighbor Day.
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The totals are in: Good Shepherd Food-Bank received 3,500 pounds of food and pet supplies and $513 in cash donations. The Salvation Army received many thousands of personal care items, everything from blankets and baby diapers to tissues and toothpaste and Goodwill said enough clothing was donated to fill two commercial trucks.
"What a spectacular outpouring from our viewers at Neighbor Helping Neighbor this weekend," said Steve Carter, President & General Manager of WCSH 6. "This time of year is especially difficult as shelves, racks, and cupboards are emptied at community food pantries and other support organizations. Whatever we can do to help means so much to the agencies that manage these heavy needs."
NEWS CENTER personalities who pitched in to receive these generous donations included Cindy Williams, Lee Nelson, Kevin Mannix, Kelly LaBrecque, Pat Callaghan, Lee Goldberg, Brett Whitmarsh, Steve McKay, Chris Facchini, Melissa Kim and a special guest appearance by NEWS CENTER "emeritus" Bruce Glasier.
NEWS CENTER's Neighbor Helping Neighbor aims to help meet basic needs among Mainers. Through its network of partner agencies, Good Shepherd Food-Bank helps to provide meals for more than 36,000 Mainers every week. The Salvation Army supports individuals experiencing personal crisis, which can range from a house fire to widespread natural disaster. Donations to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England provide a "second chance" to quality clothing and housewares, while dollars spent at retail locations support an array of human services and workforce programs.