EUGENE, Ore. -- Heritage Distilling Company, the Eugene Emeralds, and Kendall Auto held a Stuff the Truck Drive Friday afternoon as a way to help families struggling due to the pandemic.
A Kendall Auto pickup truck was parked in the Heritage Distilling Company parking lot where it was filled with non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies and other toiletries. This was the group's third Stuff the Truck Drive this week.
Amy Newport, Community Outreach Director for Kendall Auto, said a drive on Friday morning was able to bring enough food to create 800 boxed lunches and generate $5,000 in gift cards for students in local school districts.
"A lot of them are experiencing food insecurities for the first time and they don’t even know where to go to reach out," Newport said. "We had a family and their children not eat for two days and it’s heartbreaking."
Today's donations will all go to families of sick children staying at the Heartfelt House on the RiverBend campus. Jessica Ubel, Development Manager for the Heartfelt House, said she is grateful for the community's willingness to come out and donate.
"Our goal is that no family is going have to worry about anything about their child," Ubel said. "So we provide them with cleaning supplies, food, and everything they possibly need so their entire energy can go directly to their kids."
Newport said there is another Stuff the Truck Drive scheduled for next week, but the location is still to be determined.