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Food pack set for Saturday; cash needed

Mitchell area residents will get another chance to pitch in and combat world hunger when the fourth Impact Lives food packing event cranks up from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mitchell Corn Palace.

Mitchell area residents will get another chance to pitch in and combat world hunger when the fourth Impact Lives food packing event cranks up from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mitchell Corn Palace.

Organizer Deb Weitala said Wednesday that $18,000 has been raised so far toward the $71,500 needed to pay for the food, and donations are urgently needed.

"We need everyone's help," said Weitala, a ministry assistant at Mitchell's Northridge Baptist Church. Weitala ramrodded three previous Corn Palace food packs that sent 1 million meals to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Sudan, Nigeria, the Crow Creek Reservation and the Salvation Army. This year's goal is to pack 286,000 meals.

Saturday's packs will take place in four, two-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Help is needed most at the noon to 2 p.m. shift and the 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. shift. To sign up online, go to http://signupschedule.com/cornpalacefoodpack , or contact Weitala at 999-8994. To donate, make checks payable to: Impact Lives/Corn Palace Event, c/o Deb Weitala, P.O. Box 631, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.

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