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‘Fill the Bucket’ food drive Nov. 10 for community food banks

Responding to community needs in advance of the holidays, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local IBEW 111 26A) of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will host its annual “Fill the Bucket” food drive, Saturday, Nov. 10.

LPEA’s “bucket truck,” and additional vehicles, will be parked at City Market in Pagosa Springs, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect nonperishable food items (canned goods or boxed/bagged dry goods). Donated food will be distributed to community food banks in Archuleta County.

“Every year the need seems to be greater,” said Mike Alley, LPEA district supervisor in Pagosa Springs, who is assisting in coordinating the event. “Food costs keep going up, so we want to help people stock their pantries for this coming winter.”

Cash donations for the food banks are also welcomed, and donors can make arrangements to give directly by calling Alley at 749-0260, or bring a donation by the LPEA office in Pagosa Springs (603 S. 8th St.). Checks can be made payable to the IBEW Local 111 Brotherhood Fund. All donated funds will be distributed to the food banks.

“We’re very proud that LPEA’s IBEW members are volunteering their time for this important effort,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “We hope many folks will bring their food or cash donations to help support their neighbors and those less fortunate in our area.”

For further information regarding the “Fill the Bucket” food drive, contact Alley, 382-7721 or 749-0260, or

IBEW represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.

LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 247-5786.

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