Roadblock raises $7K for Feed the Hungry

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 18, 2010

VIDALIA — Traffic was moving a little slower in Vidalia Friday, but it wasn’t because of an accident.

Feed the Hungry had its annual roadblock to collect money to help feed needy residents in the Miss-Lou.

Volunteers braveda the cold weather and stood in the road asking drivers for any spare money they may have to help those less fortunate through the charity.

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Feed the Hungry founder Linda Bonnette said the roadblock raised the most it ever has with $7,574.65, and that she was extremely grateful for everyone who supported the cause.

“There are no words for how appreciative I am,” she said. “Without support from the community, we cannot do what we do.”

Bonnette said this is the main fundraiser Feed the Hungry does every year in support of their work.

“We make more money from this than we do from anything else we do,” she said.

Bonnette said more than 30 volunteers helped her though collecting and counting money.

“It was very cold out there, and to see volunteers out there with smiles on their faces was very encouraging,” she said. “We are just thankful the rain held off.”

Bonnette said the fundraiser would not be possible without help from the city, and Mayor Hyram Copeland, who spent part of Friday morning collecting money from drivers.

“We are blessed with Mayor Copeland,” she said. “This is the one charity he does for us every year, and we couldn’t do it without him.”

Copeland said he was excited about the amount of money the roadblock brought in for Bonnette and the charity.

“This should help Feed the Hungry tremendously,” he said. “They had good results, and I want to thank those who came out and worked with us on the project.”

Bonnette said she was glad the community came together to help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

“That is really what it is all about, letting people know what you do, and putting your money where your mouth is,” she said. “We are just trying to make a difference in the community.”