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60 Hours to Fight Hunger Continues to Push Toward Big Goal

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By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) 60 Hours to Fight Hunger is going strong.

Donations reached nearly 1, 200 turkeys by 6 p.m. Friday.

2, 500 turkeys, that's the goal of this year's donation drive.

Nearly a thousand more turkey's than what was raised last year.

"It is a lot higher and that's because the need has grown. Plus, we try to share with other organizations during the holidays," said Leanne Trappen, South Central Community Action Partnership.

By midday Friday donations were slightly behind where they needed to be to reach the goal.

"We were hoping to be at 600 yesterday, so we have a ways to go. We really are hoping that people will step up,” said Trappen.

Citywide donations have been down this holiday season.

"The Boy Scouts ‘Scouting for Food’ was down about 100 cases, or 100 boxes of food. And, we had the can of food movie last weekend and it was only about 1/3 of what it normally brings,” said Trappen.

Trappen attributes the lack of donations to the community's desire to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"I hope that we've been able to help them, but I also hope that it's time now to turn our attention back to our home and our neighbors,” said Trappen.

Several local business are stepping up to the plate including first time donators Western Waste Services.

"We just wanted to give back to the community that supports us. And, this is the least we can do is donate these turkeys," said Kelly Withers, Western Waste Services.

As well as, those who have been donating for years.

"Every year we donate 103 turkeys. It's just a community event and we really push hard to help our community," said Ricky Franks, GSM, Rob Green.

Just one of many helping to fight hunger in our community.

If you don't have time to pick up a turkey cash donations are also appreciated.

Twenty dollars is what it takes to buy one turkey.

60 Hours to Fight Hunger ends Sunday morning at midnight.



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