Last week, Times West Virginian editor John Veasey put out the call for food donations for the paper’s Gift of Love food drive.

“With just two weeks remaining in the ‘Gift of Love’ food drive, there may, and we emphasize the word ‘may,’ be enough food in our back room to fill one good-sized shopping cart,” he wrote in an appeal to faithful readers.

And while the number of donations has picked up as readers answered the call and stepped up their efforts, more donations are needed.

“Right now, we’re hoping that community groups, schools, churches and organizations will come through with some large donations in the final week of the food drive,” said Misty Poe, managing editor of the Times West Virginian. “For the past two years, I’ve watched as pallet after pallet go into the trucks and personal vehicles of these pantry volunteers. The stories they tell you are enough to break your heart in half.

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