Barrels of Love Campaign collects more than 40,000 items of food

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HUNTSVILLE,  Ala. - Today was the wrap up of the 4th annual Barrels of Love Campaign in Decatur.

The group's goal was to exceed 20,000 items of food and their grand total was 41,699 items of food.

"It's a magical day. Everything comes in and out and it's just magical," said Donna Sawyer.

Dozens of volunteers filtered through thousands of items of food. "I feel so blessed to live in a community that has such wonderful people, that pull together to help our neighbors who are in need," said Sawyer.

Old and young stepped in, and seeing the need in the form of canned food opened their eyes.

"The kids learn how much food means to our community," said Kelly Elmore, Coach at Austin High School. "When we saw there weren't enough cans to go around for a whole week worth of food. They were like ‘Oh. We thought we had a lot of food. This really wasn't as much as what we thought we had."

This time of year is especially tough for local food banks. After the holiday rush the shelves for the Salvation Army, Committee on Church Cooperation and the back pack programs run sparse. Barrells for Love changes that. "Last year the food lasted all the way up into the summer months," said Mark Gilliam, Salvation Army Director.

But they're in need of even more food than last year. "We're seeing a lot of new people that we've not helped before. And that's telling us the need is great," said Gilliam.

"Each year we just try to do more and more," said Sawyer.

If you missed out on the opportunity to donate - the Salvation Army and the Committee on Church Cooperation in Decatur are still taking donations.

 

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