Walk Knock draws record generosity

first_imgo About 140,000 paper bags were distributed in local newspapers a few days before the Walk & Knock event. Organizers don’t know how many of the bags were returned filled with food, but 80 to 90 percent of the donated food was packed in those bags.Take some cans of soup, several jars of peanut butter and a few boxes of cereal.And no, this is not a recipe.It’s how the community filled a lot of bags with groceries and helped set another record for the Inter-Service Walk & Knock.Clark County’s biggest food drive was even bigger this year, collecting 331,340 pounds — almost 166 tons — during the Dec. 4 event. The food is valued at an estimated $530,144.“That’s a new record,” said Joe Pauletto, president of the grass-roots organization. It’s a gratifying result “with this economy.”This year’s take is 7,680 pounds better than the previous mark set last year: 323,660 pounds valued at $517,856.The community also was generous with its time, Pauletto said. More than 4,400 volunteers of all ages turned out to do the walking and the knocking, as well as the packing (in boxes) and the stacking (in trucks).In a debriefing of Walk & Knock leaders Monday afternoon, Pauletto attributed some of the increased collection to an increase in visibility. For example, Mountain View High School junior John Cummings made 1,000 signs for his Eagle Scout project.Scouts and members of local service organizations planted the signs along high-traffic streets and at intersections all over the county.There still is a chance the harvest could get a little bigger. Seventy Walk & Knock donation barrels were set out at businesses, some apartment complexes and a few community centers around the county. Volunteers started picking up the barrels Monday. Some of them had already been collected and refilled several times, said Becky Writt, who coordinated that portion of the campaign.last_img