Today, (Monday) we wrapped up our 20th annual Food-A-Bago collecting food to help CHOW feed the hungry in the Binghamton area. When all was said and done we filled the equivalent of two big box trucks.

The truck size is the same as the furniture delivery companies use, the size of a beer truck. That is amazing. Not to mention all the food that was donated at Gary's U-Pull-It. Chow is still tallying up the totals, but if I had to guess, I would say we more than doubled the food from last year.

On top of that, we collected over $5,600 in monetary donations. Again, with every dollar that CHOW collects, they can buy four meals. We wouldn't have been able to do this without your generosity.

A special thanks to the law enforcement community, including; The Broome County Sheriff's Department, Johnson City Police Department, and the Binghamton Police Department, who each brought in $500 worth of food.

Thank you to all the motorcycle clubs that challenged each other brought in a bunch of shopping carts filled with food. And thank you to all the snowmobile clubs that donate many carts full of food and challenged each other to match them.

And we are grateful for all the restaurants and bars that challenged each other with the shopping cart challenge. A special thanks to the Chenango Forks cheerleading team that not only brought in a bunch of food donations, but they also challenged other cheerleading squads to do the same.

And yesterday afternoon, Weis Market donated nine full shopping carts of food. That is simply incredible.

Every donation, no matter how small, really helped. People can knock this area for a lot of things, but when it comes to helping each other, you would be hard-pressed to find a community that does more for their neighbors in need than the Binghamton area.

Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. You helped to feed the hungry in our area for many weeks to come.