If you are in the giving mood, there is a big need in Wood River and a donation drive is being held through August 2. Santa's Diesel will be filed if the plans of the owner and staff at Dream Home Realty Center come to fruition. Last year they filled a school bus with food for humans and animals, and also stuff it full of toys, coats, gloves and blankets.
The event is the brainchild of Sherry Gilleland, who says they filled a trolley the first year, and the aforementioned bus last year, so they decided to up their expectations this year.
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She says food donations will be split between a number of local food pantries. This drive will wrap up just before Christmas, but the Christmas in July effort was launched due to the scope of their plans. If you would like to donate, call Gilleland at 779-0990.
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