Farmer Donates 'Taters Ahead Of Thanksgiving 11-11-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Farmer Donates 'Taters Ahead Of Thanksgiving 11-11-2010

A Mid-Michigan spud farmer is giving away tons of potatoes to people in need for Thanksgiving.
The Saginaw Rescue Mission will be using the gift to help feed hundreds during the holiday.
“We've been blessed with a good crop and we want to help people in need,” said Hampton Township farmer Bill Johnson.
Johnson is a fourth generation potato farmer. His spuds are shipped all over the country, but it's those in need in the Great Lakes Bay region he wants to assist.
“We're going to give 40,000 pounds of potatoes, a semi-load,” said Johnson. “That should help about 4,000 people on Thanksgiving in need.”
There's that many, and more, in need in Mid-Michigan and TV5 is working with several agencies to make sure those needs are taken care of.
“We're partnering with the Saginaw Rescue Mission to help with their food drive,” said TV5 account executive John Curry. “Primary Health Care, the Saginaw Spirit hockey team and Catholic Family Credit Union are all drop-off points for non-perishable food items.”
The moving service Two Men and a Truck will also donate its services to make sure the food donations are picked up and taken to the mission.
Johnson said he had a great year, and he wants the people at the mission to have a great holiday.
“It's a good feeling when you help people,” Johnson said.
Johnson said there are a couple of very good reasons why he's giving away thousands of pounds of potatoes. One, to let everyone know how good the product is, and the other is to let people know about the need, so maybe they, too, can help those less fortunate.
Anyone wanting to know more about the food drop-off locations, or who would like to help put food baskets together, just click here.
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