The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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April 6, 2014

Driven to help

ENID, Okla. — With one hand clutching bags filled with food, Angelo De La Torre rang the doorbell at a residence in search of more donations.

The young man was one of many volunteers canvassing the streets of Enid gathering bags of food during the spring Horn of Plenty food drive on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, another young man, Darren Keith, worked alongside other volunteers at the Horn of Plenty facility as a steady stream of vehicles carried collected food in to be sorted onto shelves.

“I have not seen this much food collected in probably 10 years,” Horn of Plenty President Pat Brown said Sunday. “It was amazing, we had a super drive.”

There were approximately 650 volunteers collecting bags on routes, unloading vehicles and stocking shelves at the Horn of Plenty facility. The drive began at 1 p.m. and the warehouse was being closed by 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Brown said.

“We would definitely love to thank Enid. They definitely stepped up to the plate on this one,” she said.

Items collected included canned vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, cereal and canned tuna, Brown said.

The Horn of Plenty facility will be closed this week to allow time for collected items to be stocked onto shelves. Distribution of the items will start on April 14, Brown said.

Items collected by the nonprofit agency are distributed to 13 other agencies providing food to those in need, Brown said recently. There were 84,648 items handed out by the Horn of Plenty last year.

The agency holds food drives twice a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

Brown said if any donations were missed, donors may call 234-6612 and someone will come and pick up the missed items.

She said monetary donations are always being accepted by the Horn of Plenty at P.O. Box 5583, Enid, OK 73702.

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