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September 2, 2014

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Students pitch in to aid local pantry

Boulder City High School clubs have collected 1,800 cans of food and $500 for Emergency Aid of Boulder City, which is struggling with an empty pantry.

Daniel Edmondson, a junior who created the volunteer group Teens Actively Contributing, said all of the school's clubs collected canned food this month, and Interact Club donated $500.

As he delivered the food and money to Emergency Aid March 3, Edmondson said he expected another 200 cans to come in next week. The Student Council is hosting a dance with the admission price of canned food, and the Junior Honor Society at Elton Garrett Junior High School is holding a food drive.

Emergency Aid of Boulder City is a nonprofit volunteer network that provides transportation and lodging vouchers and food from its pantry for the needy.

Don Walker, a director of Emergency Aid, said the pantry hasn't been replenished since the Christmas season, so the donation is timely.

"We need about 6,000 pounds (of food) a month, so it's an ongoing struggle to keep food flowing in there," he said.

Walker said the donation should tide Emergency Aid until the United States Postal Service's Letter Carrier Food Drive in May.

Cassie Tomlin can be reached at 948-2073 or [email protected].

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