Saturday’s Channel 6 Food Drive was a hit, collecting 12,000 pounds of food and $350 cash for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Omaha. Last year, 7,000 pounds of food was collected.
Even Santa showed up at the Shadow Lake Towne Center H-Vee store in Papillion. “Merry Christmas, ho, ho, ho, merry Christmas, merry Christmas.”
“We are really making it easy,” said Channel 6 News anchor Serese Cole. “I went into the Hy-Vee, they have a great sale on canned food, just 29 cents. Fill up the basket for just $3.
The Daybreak team, along with Mr. Fact Finder himself, Mike McKnight, were there collecting donations from people and shaking hands. Many said there are many reasons to give at this time of year.
“We struggled and had help,” said Melanie Runge. “They are learning that now that we are doing better they can give back."
“I kind of see it firsthand because I work in northeast Omaha and there's homeless shelters right down there and I see it all year long,” said J.C. Riggan. “So, when you guys are putting your time into it, it makes you feel good. Because it is the time of year and you guys are doing it and we watch you guys on the news every morning."
Channel 6 News anchor Malorie Maddox was part of the crew collecting food donations at Aksarben Village. "Can I have my hat on it the picture that you post?” The Aksarben crew barely beat the group in Papillion by taking in 1,300 pounds more food.
You may still make a monetary donation by texting to 6HELPS at 313131 through the month of December.