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Local food bank finds innovative way to stretch dollars

2:33 PM, Jan 7, 2012   |    comments
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Loving hands in Aurora has been open since 1993 and just like so many other businesses and organizations, they're trying to make the few dollars they have go a little further. But the way they're trying to do that might surprise you.

Terry Alexander started the Loving Hands Organization 19 years ago and knows hundreds of families rely on the food bank every week.

"I've been coming to the Loving Hands for a couple years now. I am here every Friday at 10 a.m. I am 73 now and flat broke. The only food we get is here with the help of Terry," says Aurora resident Jimmy Jarrell.

"We are so thankful for her. We have truly been blessed. We barely made it through [the holidays] because my son's wages dropped. It was so bad that my grandkids didn't have a Christmas," says Loving Hands client, Christina Barnes.

When Alexander heard about the Barnes not having a Christmas, she went to the back of the warehouse and carted out at least a dozen toys for the two little girls.

"This is what I do this for. I would never do anything else," says Alexander.

But Alexander now needs some help herself. She realizes donations aren't always feasible, especially in this economy. So she's asking for something much simpler, something many people just throw away. She's asking for coupons.

"The more coupons we get, the more food we can buy, and the more families we can help," says Alexander.

For more information go to www.aurorafoodbank.org or call 720- 859-2298.

 

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