‘Fill the Truck’ on First Friday

Rotary Club will be collecting food for pantries, money for Salvation Army during separate Downtown events on Dec. 2


The Rotary Club of Temple will be making a difference during the Dec. 2 First Friday for two local organizations.

The club’s “Fill the Truck” campaign is designed to alleviate low levels of food supplies at Temple-area food pantries. A decorated Rotary Club of Temple pickup truck will be parked in front of Tour Temple/Corky’s, 13 S 2nd Street, from 4-8 p.m. during First Friday.

“The goal is to fill the truck with food items,’ said Rotary Club of Temple president Jason Duckworth. “We will be collecting canned goods, boxed goods and other nonperishable food items. Everything collected will be provided to the Temple Christian Outreach. This is a great way for us to help make a difference.”

Rotarian Rod Henry added: “We invite and encourage everyone to be part of the solution and help restock food bank shelves.”

Two blocks west of Corky’s and the Fill The Truck project, a second Rotary Club of Temple campaign will be held on South 1st Street in front of Fire Base Brewing Co. 

Henry, who also serves as president of the Temple Chamber of Commerce, will be dressed as an elf in support of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.

Henry will be ringing the bell from 4:45 to 8 p.m. and collecting money for Salvation Army programs and projects.

Also at the 1st Street location will be a Toy Drive Block Party, which collects toys and books for the Temple Police Department’s Blue Santa Campaign, which provides Christmas gifts for Temple children in need.

Those attending the block party should bring a new unwrapped toy, book or stuffed animal. Those who contribute to the Blue Santa project will receive $1 off their first Fire Base beer.

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