MARQUETTE, MIch. (WLUC) - Every year around this time, TV6 starts it's annual Canathon drive. With the help of numerous partnerships, they are hoping to make the 36th year another success.
Since 1982, TV6 has been collecting food to give to local food pantries in an event called "Canathon."
This year, the event begins on Monday, November 13.
UP Home Health & Hospice is one of the many partners that's serving as a drop-off location for canned goods. They have dropboxes at both their Marquette and Ishpeming locations. You even have a chance at winning a TV with your donation.
"All you need to do is bring in three non-perishable can goods and you will be given an entry into that drawing," said Jennie Garrett-Bureau Executive Director of U.P. Home Health & Hospice.
Northern Michigan University Greek life students are also getting involved through Alpha Sigma Phi's "High Sticking Against Hunger."
"We kind of kick of TV6's Canathon, so anywhere from a day to three days after we finish doing High Sticking Against Hunger for the NMU vs Michigan Tech game, that's where it starts, so kinda kicking it off," says Lucas Lafave, a member of NMU's Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. "Our whole goal here is to end hunger in Marquette, so ours just kinda brings up the awareness and TV6 starts with their Canathon and people really get going on that," says Cameron McDonnell, another member of Alpha Sigma Phi.
Anyone who would like to participate in High Sticking Against Hunger can bring canned goods or a monetary donation to the Berry Events Center beginning at 5 p.m. They'll give out hot dogs and hamburgers for those who donate, and hand out raffle tickets for prizes as well.
"Traditionally we've been able to get anywhere from 500 to 800 lbs. of food, we're trying to get to that 1000 lb. mark. That'd be really great, and we're really making an effort to do that this year," exclaimed McDonnell.
High Sticking Against Hunger will be accepting donations up until puck drop at 7 p.m.
"It's just one of those things that it needs to be done and we're very happy to do it, we enjoy doing it, we have fun with it and try to get the community involved," reiterates McDonnell.
Canathon ends on December 6th with a live Canathon broadcast.