Piles and Piles of Food

<p>Explorer Food Donation</p>

Explorer Food Donation

Schools, charities, and first responders were all busy today as donation after donation poured in across town.

Teens from the Tri-Cities area helped deliver over 20,000 pounds of food throughout our region -- one stop was at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission.

The food was donated by Hanford contract employees and distributed by Hanford Police Explorer Cadets.

One cadet says she has helped distribute every year since joining the program.

"It's important because it's Christmas time, everyone deserves to have a hot meal and be able to celebrate the holidays," said Chloe Rice, "It's just nice to be able to bring the food to them and be able to know we're helping out."

At Davis High School, construction workers from Absher delivered 50 full bags of turkey and ham to the student commons.

The company -- which is currently working on remodeling the school -- says it's part of it's Holiday Lights program, where employees give back to the community they are working in.

The bags will be given to families identified by school counselors.

"This is the worst time of the year for the economy, things like that, so there's a lot of need and I think people step up and take care of that," said project manager John Vandervate.

Students living in the families who have been identified were contacted and will be taking those bags home today.