It was a great day for a little charity work. "I think it's really great that people want to donate food," said Kelson Wray, Boy Scout Troop 55.
Wray has helped with KOTA Care and Share Food Drive blue bag collection for the past two years. "It's teaching me to care, to be friendly and kind to other people," said Wray.
Last week the boy scouts were tying bags to doors in the bitter cold. Saturday it was all about loading up the National Guard trucks with the goods. "This is the fun part right now," said Wray.
First timer volunteer Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Murphy, National Guard, says he's glad he was able to help the community. "The guys that I'm here with today are in great spirits and it's a lot of fun," said Murphy.
'Fun' if you like lifting heavy bags above your head. "It's nice to give back, especially during the holiday season," said Murphy. "It's kinda the whole point to be thankful for what the good Lord's given us. It's a good way for us here at this location to give back and help out the community."
A community with hungry people. Full trucks were taken to Feeding South Dakota to be divided between Feeding South Dakota and Church Response.
The Rapid City community collected 28,126 pounds of food.
Those in Rapid City and donate in bins at local grocery stores. Other areas can take food to local pantries.