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Donations illustrate generosity of people in Berks County

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Apr 23 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 25 2013 08:26:02 AM CDT

The Greater Berks Food Bank is getting a big boost.

HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. -

The Greater Berks Food Bank got a big boost Wednesday as workers sorted through hundreds of pounds of donated food.

Ken Flynn stood in his driveway and marveled at the results of a food drive.

"This is amazing what the people of Berks County can do," Flynn said.

The Greater Berks Food Bank workers pulled up to Flynn's home in Heidelberg Township to haul away the massive collection in his garage, and they quickly realized they were going to make several trips.

"We would have brought another one of these boxes," they said. "We thought two would be enough."

The Free Masons' Reading Lodge 549 held a food drive Saturday at Redner's in Sinking Spring and Kenhorst. After six hours at both stores, there was a lot of food.

"I came back and I told my wife, I said, 'I don't have anywhere to put it,'" said Flynn.

He made room in his garage. He said he definitely exceeded his goal.

"My heart's like, it's tremendous," said Flynn.

Six skid loads came out of the garage, and Flynn said he'll now have a place to park his car.

"It was a good inconvenience," said Flynn.

But he said it's not about what's he's done. 

"It just goes to show you how good people are," said Flynn.

And they had their reasons.

"Some people said, 'I used it. I want to give it back,'" said Flynn. "Some people said, 'I hope I never have to use it.'"   

Almost 2,000 pounds of food were donated, and Ken plans to do more in October.

"If we didn't fill it this time, maybe we can fill next time," said Flynn, talking about the truck.