Big check for Marion-Polk Food Share at GGNA meeting [with Video]

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The check was so big, Rick Gaupo needed help holding it. Fortunately for the president and CEO of Marion-Polk Food Share, he had several hands. Gaupo was at the Feb. 19 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting to accept a check for money raised during December’s Keizer Miracle of Christmas fundraiser. “We’re here to present a very large check of $21,837,” said Brigett Eisele, who chaired the annual three-week event which also collected 24,899 pounds of food from Dec. 5 to 26. “It was the largest monetary donation we’ve had, by $3,000. It was the second largest poundage donation. We missed that record by 300 pounds, so we were really close.” Eisele herself didn’t hand the check over to Gaupo. She instead left that task to daughter Molly and son Gavin, who were ably assisted by friends Caleb and Jorie Skipper. She also had each of the children share what their favorite part of the food drive was. “People coming in, donating all the money and food,” Gavin said. Molly showed she got swept into the holiday spirit. “Mine is to dress up in my elf costume and go on the buses with Santa,” Molly said. The Skipper siblings also shared their favorite parts. “My favorite part is giving candy canes to kids and seeing how joyful they are,” Jorie said. Caleb seemed to...

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