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      TV6 Canathon getting help from local businesses

      The Upper Peninsula Home Health Hospice (UPHHH) is helping TV6 feed a hungry neighbor by offering a chance to win a free iPad mini for anyone interested in donating non-perishable food items.

      "There's no limit to the amount of raffle tickets you can get but it's one per three cans donated," CEO and Executive Director of UPHHH Jeff Nyquist.

      Last year the organization donated more than 200 pounds of food.

      "Our specific mission is to help take care of individuals in their own homes across the entire county of Marquette but we do a lot of cash donations and goods and volunteer time across the community so this is just another very important campaign that we'd like to be a part of," Nyquist said.

      UPHHH is also participating in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive.

      The Public Service Garage in Marquette is participating in this year's canathon.

      "What we're doing for the TV6 Canathon is...this pickup truck we hope to have filled to the brim and deliver it to the station on December 5," said Garry Tollefson, manager of Public Service Garage.

      If you drop-off a non-perishable food item, you will have a chance to win an iPad mini.

      Although the organization is offering a free prize, they said the goal is to give back to the community, especially during this time of year.

      "The food pantries are empty. We hear the shelves are empty and what better time to give back than Thanksgiving and the holiday season," said Tollefson.

      With the help of thousands of people in the U.P., within the past 30 years, over three million pounds of food have been donated to local food pantries.