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Most builders can be seen with ladders and other tools of the trade in the beds of their pickup trucks, but members of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association recently loaded a truck with food bound for local food pantries.
“When our association decided on a food drive as a community outreach project, our goal was to collect enough food to fill the back of a pickup truck, and we did,” said Tim Gallimore, president of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association.
“The building industry has been one of the hardest hit due to fallout from the housing crisis and the economic slowdown, so I was very proud of how all the members of our association pulled together and dug deep to help others in the community,” added Debbie Florence, the association’s executive officer.
The homebuilders association decided to conduct a food drive when it learned the local food bank had to cut back on its distribution days due to a lack of supplies to meet the growing need in the community.
The association collected food, other non-perishable items, and monetary donations at its office and monthly meetings beginning in October.
Many member organizations of the association like RBC Bank and Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty set up collection sites at their respective businesses.
Association members recently distributed food collected to the Interchurch Council’s food pantry and Brunswick Family Assistance Agency’s food bank.