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RJ Thomas employees answer food pantry's call

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On Friday several employees of RJ Thomas Manufacturing of Cherokee delivered over $500 worth of groceries to the Cherokee Mid-Sioux Opportunities Food Pantry along with $250 in groceries donated by Cherokee Hy-Vee Store and $75 in groceries. Pictured, left to right, are, Paula Smith, Ronda Smith, Dan Anderson, Mark Herrera, Steve Curtis, Mike Brown, Dana Carlson, Stephanie Foxhoven and Joan Forcier. Photo by Mike Leckband
Employees issue challenge to area businesses

After hearing about a food shortage at the Cherokee Mid Sioux Opportunities Food Pantry, employees at RJ Thomas Manufacturing of Cherokee banded together and brought over $500 in food from monies raised from pop cans at their companies break areas.

The employees purchased $250 in groceries from the Cherokee Hy-Vee Store it was then that Hy-Vee donated an additional $250 in groceries. The employees also spent $250 at the Cherokee Fareway Store, who in turn donated $75 in groceries that came from Fareway. All that food was delivered on Friday to Mid Sioux.

The RJ Thomas Employees are challenging other groups and employees of other area businesses to support the Mid Sioux Food Pantry.

Recently Mid-Sioux Opportunity Director Joan Forcier stated, there has been a rise in the number of clients at Mid-Sioux but the community has stepped up and helped out, including many churches, businesses, social groups and many individuals not just from Cherokee but also from all the communities in the county.

Plus, many of the schools have contributed to the food bank. Forcier would like to thank everyone who has helped out every Holiday Season.

Currently the food pantry is about empty and they need help to keep the pantry full.

"A lot of people think of us during the Holidays, but we need help year-around" said Forcier. "If we have the support we need, then we can support the people that are in need."

Mid-Sioux Employee Rita Lyman added a personal thanks to the RJ Thomas Employees by saying, "RJ Thomas have always answered our calls and we love the creative way they show in giving by using their pop can money. That was money they could have spent on other things, but they chose to give it away. I hope will take up their challenge and make it grow."

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