L'ANSE, Mich. (WLUC) - As volunteers were busy stacking cans away at St. Vincent de Paul's food pantry in L’Anse early Wednesday morning, Eagle Radio General Manager Ed Janisse has an estimate on the count for this year.
“So far, or through the week, we've received 6 tons of food,” said Janisse. "This year, our collection has been superb, although we were concerned because of the Father's Day donations, fundraisings that has been going on since early summer, every one of the food banks and we deliver to, five of them, every one was able to get food and every one of them have stocked shelves today."
Without the help of volunteers, none of this would’ve been possible.
"It takes a community to take care of the poor or those that are in need, and people respond here in Baraga County that way,” said John Cadeau, one of the volunteers Wednesday morning.
And, Janisse adds he is grateful for the new people who came out to support the Canathon this year.
"We were able to actually get involved...Papa Murphy's in our local area, because they moved into our local area, and they've given each home room pizzas, in every school that we serve, so that was huge and there started to be some competition going on,” said Janisse.
Eagle Radio has been involved with the TV6 Canathon for 17 years, and Janisse says they aren't stopping anytime soon.
"Since 2001, I’ve been involved with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the radio station's helping out with TV6,” he said. “We plan to continue.”
As well as Cadeau, who says he is beyond happy serve as a helping hand those who need it.
"TV6 Canathon has been remarkable for us every year, it proves to be our biggest time of food we get coming in,” he said.
Those working Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry are happy to report the shelves are all full due to the hard work of so many people, and now families can come in to get some shopping done just in time for the holiday season.