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This year more than most, Freezin’ for Food lived up to its name. The day before the annual event kicked off, temperatures in Muscatine plummeted, and the city received thirteen inches of snow, the largest November snowstorm on record.
The early winter weather made for a challenging start to the food drive. First, TanTara Transportation (the owners of the Hawkeye Hauler who graciously loan out the semi-truck for the event), had to make sure they could safely move the truck to the Hy-Vee parking lot, where the drive took place. Once there, Hy-Vee had to break out a bulldozer to clear enough space to park the truck and to allow people with donations to drive up to it. Even with all the heavy lifting done, frigid temperatures and snowy roads meant fewer donations for the first two days of the drive.
Even with these setbacks, the Muscatine community came together to make sure Freezin’ for food could stock the shelves of the Muscatine Salvation Army food pantry for the year to come. On Wednesday, employees from Affordable Metal Manufacturing decided to pool $95 to purchase nineteen prepackaged bags of food from Hy-Vee to help fill the truck. Additionally, Joel Kraushaar, an employee of Affordable Metal Manufacturing announced the company will, “donate a portion of all of our sales in December to Salvation Army.” This donation will help to continue to support the Salvation Army even after Two Weeks of Love wraps up.
On Thursday, Freezin’ for Food got its largest single donation when Stinky’s House of Horrors delivered the food they collected on Halloween. This year, Stinky and his crew collected 5,673 pounds of food, over 1,000 pounds more than they brought in the year before. Stinky himself felt elated to donate such an impressive quantity of food. “It feels great [to donate this food]. Every year, it feels more and more exciting weighing it all and delivering it to the truck.” With this donation, Stinky filled a significant portion of the front of the truck, bringing Freezin’ for Food one step closer to filling the whole truck.
Later Thursday afternoon, the Muscatine Sheriff’s Department visited the Hawkeye Hauler to share some welcome news. To continue their ongoing holiday tradition, they would spend $250 on non-perishable food items for Freezin’ for Food, in the form of a whopping fifty more prepackaged bags of food.
Friday brought in a final flood of donations. TanTara Transportation donated 192 pre-packed bags to make sure their Hauler did not arrive at the Salvation Army with space to spare. Krieger’s Auto group joined in the effort as well, donating four carts worth of prepackaged bags. Not wanting to miss out on the giving spirit, First National Bank also donated large quantities of food, ensuring the drive ended on a positive note.
With all the donations safely tucked in the truck, the Hawkeye Hauler made its way over to the Muscatine Salvation Army to deposit its cargo just before noon on Saturday, December 1st. Always a joyous occasion, Stinky, who not only uses his House of Horrors to collect food but also helps with the delivery, shared why he believes this phase of Freezin’ for Food generates the most holiday goodwill. “I get a better feeling when we unload at the Salvation Army because a lot of the people unloading it will use it.”

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