The monetary donations will be collected and deposited in a designated account at the Clinton National Bank, Camanche Branch. The money collected will be used to build Christmas baskets for local residents.
“We usually raise anywhere from $500 to $1,600, depending on how many people we get to come out for it,” Waldorf said. “We used to give it all to the food pantry, but now what we do is give the food to the pantry, then we give all the money to a group who donates it into the Christmas baskets for Camanche.”
Because of its benefit to the community, Mayor Ken Fahlbeck has been a strong supporter of the annual Pack the Pantry event, which is why this year he has been working diligently to raise the participation numbers.
“Last year the community responded really well to it. All the food stays in Camanche, that’s why I think it was such a good turnout,” Fahlbeck said. “(But) I think it could get much bigger.”
Weather always plays a factor in participation in the poker run, but Waldorf said if it’s raining, the group trades in the bicycles for vehicles and carpools to each location.
Rain or shine the Pack the Pantry event will continue as planned, and Waldorf expects anywhere from 40 to 60 people or more to come out and show their support.
“You get out and see people you know, and your doing it all for a good cause,” Waldorf said. “Plus, it’s a lot of fun and you just feel great when you can deposit that money and bring that food to the pantry.”