Radio station plans 'Christmas in July' food drive

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WALLA WALLA -- If you're hungry for a memory of cooler weather and warm spirits, College Place radio station 91.3 FM will present its annual "Christmas in July" food drive to the community July 22.

The station, known as Positive Life Radio, is seeking donations of nonperishable food and personal hygiene supplies (with an emphasis on items for women and children).

All food gathered will go the the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank, which distributes food to local food pantries.

This is a time of year when she and her staff begin preparing for school to start, noted Gail McGhee, food bank manager. "That's when the kids come home from school and no one is home. They need food that is easily prepared."

At present, her warehouse shelves are loaded with soup from government distribution and canned green beans. Much needed are canned peas and corn, pasta of any kind, boxed dinners such as Hamburger Helper and -- always -- peanut butter and tuna, she said.

Donations can be given at Super 1 Foods, 710 S. Ninth Ave. The station, in keeping with tradition, will play Christmas music from noon-6 p.m. that day, and broadcast live from various places around the state where similar events are occurring at the same time.

For more information about the BMAC food bank and its needs, call 509-529-3561.

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