KOTA Care and Share Food Drive hits its stride

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The KOTA Care and Share Food Drive usually nets about 65,000 pounds on this, the second Saturday in December.  Of that, the lion’s share is collected in Rapid City; about 35,000 pounds.

This Boy Scout says it all … people Care and Share this holiday season. Photos by Jack Siebold

Helene Duhamel, the KOTA Care and Share director, hopes to beat that this year.  “Food prices have skyrocketed and there’s more need for food than ever,” Duhamel said.

So far this year; before weighing today’s take, the drive has collected 95,731 pounds.  The goal is to reach 150,000 pounds.  Care and Share has also taken in $67,894 in cash donations; with a goal of $80,000.

Update:  Rapid City donated 31,331 pounds Saturday

The food drive is now in its 28th year.

About Jack Siebold

Jack Siebold began his journalism career in 1973 as a sports reporter for a weekly military newspaper at Keesler AFB, Miss. This was followed by a stint as a reporter at another military paper in Texas; then jobs as a weekly newspaper editor in Turkey, Italy and England. Jack finally landed in South Dakota to finish his military journalism career at Ellsworth AFB. Jack shifted to broadcast news when he retired from the military in 1993 and was hired by KOTA TV News as the assignment editor. In 19 years with KOTA, Jack was the assignment editor, general assignment reporter, senior reporter, a producer and finally assistant news director before retiring in 2012. After a short retirement (spent working at Black Hills Harley-Davidson due to his love of motorcycles) Jack returned to KOTA as the online media specialist for MyTown. Jack’s journalism honors include two awards from the Associated Press for investigative reporting and a documentary series. During his military career, he earned 13 awards for editorial, news and sports writing; photojournalism and newspaper management. During the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991), Jack was assigned to the Central Command public affairs staff where he helped develop plans, policies and procedures as well as providing guidance for public affairs officers in the Persian Gulf Theater. Jack’s military honors include the Bronze Star for service in the Persian Gulf War; two Meritorious Service Medals, three Commendation Medals, Achievement Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and two National Defense Medals; the Air Force Public Affairs Outstanding Senior NCO for 1992. Jack and his wife Margaret (a Rapid City special education teacher) spend as much time as they can on their Harley, on the open road.

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