It is not often I get to write in my own voice. As a reporter, my job is to bring you the news I observe. This week, I get to be part of the news as I spend my mornings in the parking lot at Hy-Vee collecting food donations from the community for Freezin’ For Food in week one of Two Weeks of Love. This is my third TWL as a part of the Voice of Muscatine team, and each year I am amazed by the generosity of the community. We are in the middle of the week, and I am asking you to read this and take action. We need to fill the food pantry at the Salvation Army.

Over 1,300 individuals benefited from the services at that Salvation Army’s food pantry last year. For the last 17 years, this annual community fundraiser has fed hungry families in Muscatine and surrounding areas. As we come off of the Thanksgiving holiday, let us continue the generosity into the Christmas season and fill the Hawkeye Hauler that TanTara Transportation volunteers to house these donations.

On my radio show, I have the opportunity to talk with many community leaders who are involved in helping the underserved community members in need. I ask that you consider participating in Two Weeks of Love so that we provide gifts to children in Muscatine who otherwise would not receive them during Toy Time, week two, at Krieger’s and Calvary Church, and stock the pantry at Salvation Army, which helps fill the food gap for so many hungry families in Muscatine.