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'Share Your Christmas' Food Drive Set for Friday

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Friday is easily the biggest day of the year for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, raising food and money for tens of thousands of people.

The 21st annual Share Your Christmas Drive-by Food Drive is something that is made possible by the generosity of so many northern Nevadans.

Crews from Channel 2 spent Thursday preparing for one of the year's biggest and most important productions. They set up lights, strung cable, and got trucks ready to go, all in an effort to help the hungry.

"It does feel good doing it," Kent Albrecht, KTVN Commercial Producer and Director said. "It's a long day. It's hard work but in the end, you're helping a lot of people in the community."

You can drop off food or money at any of our three drop-off locations from 6:00am to 6:00pm. The locations are at the Carson Valley Inn, in Minden, the Governor's Mansion in Carson City, and in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort.

"It warms your heart to come and give and be a part of this," Mike Draper, GSR spokesperson said. "We're going to have a lot of stuff going on. We've got people coming from all over. The community is going to be out here. We've got some fun activities in our parking lot."

Last year, we collected nearly 192,000 pounds and more than $173,000 between the three locations.

Just $1 buys three meals. And non-perishable food also goes a long way. "Anything that you would serve your family is perfect," Jocelyn Lantrip, of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada said. "Proteins are great, peanut butter, tuna, beans, rice, canned fruits and vegetables."

If you're worried about the chilly weather, we've got you covered.

You don't even have to get out of your car when you make your donation!

"We have lots of little elves running around, taking care of things and they'll make sure your food gets unloaded and gets to the proper barrels and proper places," Albrecht said.

More than 300 volunteers will spend their day at the GSR, alone. Those people are crucial to the success of the event. "There's so many businesses that get involved," Lantrip said. "They bring their food by, individuals, kids get involved. It's just so much fun."

In just one day, the Share Your Christmas food drive will bring in enough food and money to keep the food bank stocked until March.

Written by Paul Nelson

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