What do you buy a guy turning 85?
SPRING VALLEY – The family of Fred Penick, Ladd, planned to celebrate his upcoming 85th birthday with a surprise party and invited lots of friends and family. Their concern was gifts – what do you buy a guy turning 85? Fred has everything he needs, and if he doesn’t, he goes and buys it. His children and wife knew they must make a decision about gifts, for guests were bound to bring a present.
With this is mind, Fred’s wife, Shirley (Hermann), and two children decided to ask all invited to bring a gift of food in honor of Fred ... for the Hall Township Food Pantry. Earlier this month, Fred proudly dropped off 433 pounds of food for his neighbors in need. The load was particularly appreciated as the pantry is currently struggling to keep food on the shelves. This is normal during summer months when numbers increase and donations greatly decrease.
“We are in crisis mode at our pantry,” said Director Jan Martin. “This happens each summer – for a couple of reasons. First, with students home from school, parents are in greater need of food. Some parents who were able to meet needs during the school year, now find themselves visiting the pantry. Secondly, our inventory decreases when there isn’t a ‘giving’ holiday for food collection. All pantries are facing these same challenges. Happy Birthday, Fred Penick – because of you, we continue to feed the hungry!”
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