LPEA to hold ‘Fill the Bucket’ food drive Nov. 15


By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW

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. 15.

LPEA’s “bucket truck,” and additional vehicles, will be parked at City Market in Pagosa Springs from 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 by bringing a donation by the LPEA office in Pagosa Springs, located at 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 once again volunteering their time for this important effort,” said Mike Dreyspring, 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 at 382-7721 or 749-0260, or malley@lpea.coop.

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

LPEA, celebrating 75 years in 2014, provides electricity to more than 30,000 members. For additional information, contact LPEA at 247-5786. For further information, visit www.lpea.coop.