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First day of Fallen Officers Food Drive brings in food, cash donations

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
November 30, 2011 3:47 pm

Community members donated 26,000 pounds of food and $21,600 in cash on the first day of week-long food drive to honor the memories of four slain Lakewood police officers.

“We’re on pace to reach or surpass our goal of 50,000 pounds of food and $50,000 in cash,” Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler announced in a press release.

The 2nd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive began Tuesday, the second anniversary of the deaths of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens. The four were gunned down the morning of Nov. 29, 2009, as they began their shift at a Parkland coffee shop.

Family members and colleagues of the four officers spent Tuesday outside the Lakewood Police Department, collecting donations. The food and cash will go the Emergency Food Network.

The drive continues through Monday.

Food and cash donations can be collected at any Pierce County Forza coffee shop, all Pierce County library branches, Lakewood Ace Hardware, 8123 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W.; Rusty’s Auto and Truck Repair, 19912 Meridian Ave. E., in Graham.

A Storage Center also is accepting donations at the business’ two locations: 220 E. 112th St. in Parkland and 15413 First Ave. Ct. S. in Spanaway.

Donations also are being accepted on the Emergency Food Network’s website.

Cell phone users can also text the word “hunger” to 85944 to donate $10.

Last year, the drive brought in $31,034.84 in cash and 23,171 pounds of food.

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