We’re officially one week from the start of our annual Two Weeks of Love fundraising campaign to support the Salvation Army of Muscatine. Beginning next Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 1, the massive Hawkeye Hauler truck from Tantara Transportation Corporation will be parked at Hy-Vee off Highway 61.

Our goal that first week is to fill the hauler with non-perishable food donations. Each year when Freezin’ for Food kicks off, the hauler is empty and quite frankly, it’s scary because we realize how much the Salvation Army counts on this event. At this very moment, the food pantry at the Salvation Army is almost out of food. Whatever you can bring will help; I know that.

Jim Simmons, Hy-Vee Store Director, and his team will once again be selling the pre-packaged bags of food for $5. The contents of the bags are items specifically requested by the Salvation Army. Over the years we’ve had folks buy one bag and some local companies buy several hundred (Carver Pump did this a few years ago and it was super cool!) I’m also so impressed with the families that work together to bring out donations to us while we’re at the truck.

I have to mention Troy “Stinky” Philpott and his friends who ran Stinky’s House of Horrors on Halloween; their donation haul is one we look forward to! The Muscatine community cares and I’m feeling good as we head into that first week.

The second half of Two Weeks of Love is Toy Time, when the Hawkeye Hauler trucks moves from the Hy-Vee lot to Krieger’s on the corner of Highways 61 and 38. That week is all about collecting new unwrapped toys for families in Muscatine via the Salvation Army. Don’t forget, Blain’s Farm and Fleet will match each toy purchased! Blain’s might seem like a “big box store,” but, they’re a relatively small company headquartered in Wisconsin and they CARE about the Muscatine community.

Here we go: Thanksgiving this week, Two Weeks of Love the next two. Please stop by and say hi and help us make the holidays a bit brighter for folks in Muscatine!