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Bags of Plenty sagging

November 21, 1997

Bags of Plenty sagging

Lagging donations to this year's Bags of Plenty food drive have organizers worried there won't be enough food to fill orders for nearly 1,000 Thanksgiving bags for needy Hagerstown-area families.

The campaign, sponsored for the past 11 years by Food Resources Inc., as of Tuesday was about 7,000 pounds short of the roughly 25,000 pounds of food needed, said Brad Sell, executive director of the agency.

The drive's goal was set even higher, at 30,000 pounds, to cover demand for nonperishable food through the holiday season, Sell said.

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Based on a successful final-hour push last year, when the drive was behind its goal the weekend before the deadline, Sell said he's optimistic that the community will come through again.

"We need to have a good final weekend," he said.

The drive ends Monday to allow time for the bags to be delivered before Thanksgiving, Sell said.

Local agencies that have requested bags this year include Project Head Start, Memorial Recreation Center, Union Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Girls Inc., Community Action Council, Mount Hope Inc., Adventist Community Services, Oak Hill House and Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens.

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