Scouts to again help host 24-hour food drive for KAIR, Oct. 12-13

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – The Boy Scouts have a long history of service to its communities.

That’s especially true in Kalkaska, where local scouts have annually helped collect tons of donated food and other items, which are later distributed to those needing help in Kalkaska County through the efforts of the Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resource (KAIR).

This will again be the story for 24 hours, from 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, when Scouts from Kalkaska area Troop No. 629 post themselves at the Bill Marsh Kalkaska dealership on West Mile Road (M-72) in Kalkaska for the annual “Kampout For KAIR” food drive.

And, according to KAIR officials, the food drive is more important than ever before, with KAIR reportedly facing a 25-percent increase in requests for food items.

“We are seeing anywhere from 900 to 1,000 people come in looking for food every month,” stated KAIR Director Cathy Somes in a statement. “We would especially like to increase our help for families with children, but we need to fill up the food pantry before that can happen.”

The Kampout For KAIR has become, over the years, a true community effort to help those in need.

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