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A 9-ton delivery from race track employees

November 17, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - When the ham, turkeys and other food items like potatoes and flour were weighed, it totaled more than nine tons.

The food came over from Charles Town Races & Slots in trucks, and track employees formed a "chain" to load it into Jefferson County Community Ministries.

For about the last three years, track employees have participated in a challenge to collect food for Jefferson County Community Ministries, which helps needy families with nutrition, medicine and transportation needs.

Different departments at the track challenge one another to see who can collect the most food, said Amy McCormick, communications and training specialist at the track.

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Track employees started collecting the food Nov. 1.

"It's all in good fun and from the heart," McCormick said.

Last year, track employees collected about seven tons of food. The shipment taken to Jefferson County Community Ministries Thursday weighed about 9 1/2 tons.

Jefferson County Community Ministries gives the track a list of items it needs and this year the list included cleaning supplies and baby food.

Among the items donated were 1,661 pounds of hams and turkeys, organizers said.

"This is great," said Bill Willingham, executive director of Jefferson County Community Ministries. Willingham said the donation will help his agency tremendously in meeting its food needs over the winter.

Jefferson County Community Ministries at 238 W. Washington St., was set up to offer people short-term assistance until they can work out solutions to problems that are causing them financial hardship.

Besides food and clothing, the agency offers financial help for people to pay for essential expenses such as medicine, utilities, rent, heating fuel and gas to help them get to work.

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