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Veterans battle hunger in Parkersburg

Charlie Magnan of Parkersburg, and representing the DAV Chapter 32 in Parkersburg, stacks donations in the early hours of Saturday’s Chick Crites Annual Veterans Food Drive. (Photo by Christina Myer)
From left, Richard Maxwell of Vienna, a member of the MOV Platoon Marine Corps Veterans Association; Marine Frank Daniels of Parkersburg; and Bernie Lyons of Vienna, with the MOV Platoon Marine Corps Veterans Association, chat after Daniels dropped off donations for Saturday’s food drive. (Photo by Christina Myer)
Bernie Lyons of Vienna, a member of the MOV Platoon Marine Corps Veterans Association, loads donations into a vehicle headed for the DAV Chapter 32 food pantry Saturday. (Photo by Christina Myer)
Air Force veteran Bob McIntyre of Mineral Wells lets his cat Jack get a peek at the gathered members of local veterans organizations who were volunteering at Saturday’s Chick Crites Annual Veterans Food Drive in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel parking lot Saturday. (Photo by Christina Myer)
Ray Fought of Parkersburg, left, a volunteer with the DAV, and Roy Trembly of Parkersburg, right, with the MOV Platoon Marine Corps Veterans Association, help Sharon Crawley of Parkersburg unload donations from her car during Saturday’s food drive. (Photo by Christina Myer)
Darold Hinzman of Parkersburg, a DAV hospice volunteer, loads donations into a vehicle headed for the DAV Chapter 32 food pantry Saturday. (Photo by Christina Myer)
Mike Tucker with Old Man Rivers loads donations into the organization’s box truck during Saturday’s food drive. (Photo by Christina Myer)
Mike and Martha Tucker, with Old Man Rivers, load donations into the organization’s box truck during Saturday’s food drive. (Photo by Christina Myer)
A large box truck is being filled before it goes to Old Man Rivers food pantry in Parkersburg Saturday, during the Chick Crites Annual Veterans Food Drive. (Photo by Christina Myer)

PARKERSBURG — In an event that kicked off with a donation of four extra-large moving boxes full of food from Parkersburg Catholic High School students, the Chick Crites Annual Veterans Food Drive organized by the Mid-Ohio Valley Platoon Marine Corps Veterans Association and Parkersburg News and Sentinel was deemed an even bigger success than last year’s event. Throughout Saturday, donors poured in to the newspaper’s parking lot with enough non-perishable food and personal hygiene products (and a few non-perishable items for pets, too) to fill the floor of a large box truck headed for Old Man Rivers’ food pantry, and send two smaller truck loads to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 32 food pantry. Cash donations were accepted as well, with a total of $360 raised — split between the two agencies. More than one person announced their donation was in memory of Crites, and stopped to share stories with others at the event who had known him.

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