One group that's been helping out with our Care and Share Food Drive since its inception was out again Saturday, braving the cold to help collect all those pounds of food.
National Guard members from Camp Rapid were stationed at all three Family Thrift Center locations, loading bag of food after bag of food into box after box.
The Guard has been helping KOTA out with the food drive for all 28 years we've been collecting food.
Today's volunteers were a mix of seasoned veterans and new recruits looking to help the community through the Care and Share Food Drive for the first time.
"It's a good way to give back to the community for their support to us," said Vincent Hager, a Guard member who's helped with the drive since it was started. "And I've really enjoyed being a part of this."
"This is a volunteer" assignment, added Chelsea Tyrrell, a first-timer. "They went into our unit and asked if anyone wanted to come out and do it this weekend just for the day, and it was something that we just wanted to do to help out."
At two of the locations the Guard had military-style trucks to haul the food away, but on Saint Patrick Street, they had a full-size tractor trailer.
In all, Rapid City donated 31,331 pounds of food during today's drive.
If you have any items left to donate, you can take them to any local grocery store and place them in the bins we have set up.