Santa collects donations for food pantry

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R.J. Timmons (center) hands a check to Jim Witwer (right) from the Madison County Food Pantry as Patrick Closser (left), owner of Casey’s Carry Out & Drive Thru, looks on. The Madison County Food Pantry is located at 137 Maple St., London.

(Posted Dec. 27, 2019)

For the first three Saturdays in December, Santa Claus sat in front of Casey’s Carry Out in London collecting monetary and food donations for the Madison County Food Pantry.

The effort resulted in $316.31 in monetary donations and more than 200 non-perishable food items. In addition to many people stopping by to make donations, many others brought their children just to visit Santa.

R.J. Timmons has done this in the past. When he moved to London, he wanted to start the tradition back up. He was happy with the weather except for the one Saturday it rained. Even then, he was able to sit outside, ring a bell, and bring in donations, just as he had for six hours on each of the other Saturdays.

“It really warms my heart to see how many people came by and donated. I want to thank everyone who gave and remind them that Santa will be back next year,” Timmons said.

“R.J. came to me with this idea, and without hesitation I told him he could do it at the shop,” said Patrick Closser, owner of Casey’s Carry Out and mayor of London. “We understand how things can get tight around the holidays, and the food pantries need all the help they can get. We just wanted everyone to be able to have a Christmas feast for their holiday.”

Timmons, Closser and Jim Witwer, director of the Madison County Food Pantry, thank everyone who supported the effort. They also said that the local food pantries are always looking for donations.

For the first three Saturdays in December, Santa Claus sat in front of Casey’s Carry Out in London collecting monetary and food donations for the Madison County Food Pantry.

The effort resulted in $316.31 in monetary donations and more than 200 non-perishable food items. In addition to many people stopping by to make donations, many others brought their children just to visit Santa.

R.J. Timmons has done this in the past. When he moved to London, he wanted to start the tradition back up. He was happy with the weather except for the one Saturday it rained. Even then, he was able to sit outside, ring a bell, and bring in donations, just as he had for six hours on each of the other Saturdays.

“It really warms my heart to see how many people came by and donated. I want to thank everyone who gave and remind them that Santa will be back next year,” Timmons said.

“R.J. came to me with this idea, and without hesitation I told him he could do it at the shop,” said Patrick Closser, owner of Casey’s Carry Out and mayor of London. “We understand how things can get tight around the holidays, and the food pantries need all the help they can get. We just wanted everyone to be able to have a Christmas feast for their holiday.”

Timmons, Closser and Jim Witwer, director of the Madison County Food Pantry, thank everyone who supported the effort. They also said that the local food pantries are always looking for donations.

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