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      Local group hopes for big donations this Saturday

      Project Feed a Neighbor is underway and Saturday is the collection day.

      Last week scores of volunteers from the area were out placing bags with collection stickers at homes in Negaunee, Ishpeming and Republic. On Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon, those same volunteers will be out collecting the bags filled with non-perishable food items, paper or hygiene products.

      Once collected, the donated items will be delivered to the St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army locations in Ishpeming, Negaunee and Republic.

      "We're appealing to everyone to consider, carefully, making a generous donation," said Wesley United Organizer Richard Derby. "Put them on your front porch, by your mailbox, curbside, in the driveway, on the back porch, if we can see the pick label we'll be there to pick them up."

      This is the fourth year for project Feed a Neighbor. Last year they were able to give more than 6,000 pounds of food to the pantries. Derby also added that if you didn't get a bag and would like to make a donation, you can drop it off at either Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming, or your local food pantry.