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Supply drive benefits local charities
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BCYP members Katie Zimmerman and Sarah Smith collect items at a previous Charity Supply Drive. Donations will be accepted Saturday at various locations. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club are hosting their sixth annual Charity Supply Drive benefiting the Barton County Food Bank and Catholic Charities of South West Kansas’ Non-Food Pantry. Supplies will be collected at both Great Bend Dillons locations and the Great Bend Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Volunteers stationed at all locations will have wish lists of most needed items for each charity. Monetary and gift card donations will also be accepted.
“Last year, we collected more than 1,800 pounds of food for the food bank, and a ton of items for Catholic Charities,” said AJ Chrest, BCYP Community Impact Team leader. “We always try to surpass the previous year’s total, but our main goal is to make a positive impact and help as many local individuals as we can.”
The Great Bend Rotary Club is a group of business leaders who work to create positive, lasting change in our community. The Barton County Young Professionals group is a program of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development, designed to foster leadership, networking and volunteerism among working individuals 21-40 years old in the Barton County area. For more information, visit the website at