The Sixth Annual Denny Ryan Hunger Hike will be held on Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. throughout the city of Albia. High school students and their parents from St. Mary’s Albia (including students from Georgetown and Lovilia) and football players will be out in force canvassing the neighborhoods collecting items and funds for the holiday baskets that will be provided by Monroe County Helping Hands Center in Albia for Christmas. They will also accept items to help stock the Pantry as fall and winter close in.
The late Denny Ryan was a longtime board member of the Helping Hands Center and would volunteer a great deal of time and energy each fall into making sure all was in order to distribute the baskets. Following his sudden death, the students and parents decided to “fill the boots” Denny walked in his efforts, and conduct this annual food drive in his memory.
This year Helping Hands Center is serving a free hot dog/chips/drink meal from 5-7 p.m. to the public and hikers at the Center. Hikers will begin at Helping Hands Center at 6:30 p.m. with a short gathering service, and then each group of parents and students will head to an assigned area in town to collect. Please turn on your porch light if you have items to donate. Look for the button worn by all participants in memory of Denny.
Specific items needed for the baskets include:
• cake mixes
• canned frosting
• canned green beans
• canned corn
• fruit cocktail
Other items will be accepted for general needs.
In addition, the group will also be accepting donations of money for purchase of meat and other needs for each basket. Checks should be made out directly to Helping Hands. The groups will head back to Helping Hands Center to unload all items and turn in funds by 8 p.m.
Those living outside the city limits of Albia are encouraged to participate by bringing items and donations to St. Mary’s Church any time before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Last year Monroe County Helping Hands supplied over 200 baskets. Any surplus items will help stock the shelves at the Center for the winter months.
Any questions, call Sharon Crall @ 641-799-0071.