By Brenda Waters

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local community is coming together for the common good of working together to give back to those in need.

“We are doing a community food drive to give food out to needy families in Bethel Park and surrounding areas,” Bethel Park Police Officer Tom Rigatti said.

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Tables and tables of food at the Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Department are waiting to be packed. Volunteers include the police and fire departments, local politicians and students from Independence Middle School.

KDKA-TV’s Brenda Waters spoke with several of the volunteers.

“It just feels good helping other people, giving them food. Not letting them starve,” Preston Smith said.

“I wanted to give back to my community, instead of being in school we decided to volunteer our time because you never know when you will be in a time of need,” Alyssa George said.

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Truck after truck was unloaded one box at a time.

A total of 250 boxes will be delivered to area churches, who will give them to the families.

The donation drive has gone on for more than two decades.

Organizers collect food donations and money to buy additional food for this incredible cause.


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