One local business is coordinating its seasonal sale with an effort to help needy people in the area.
When Warren Tire held a tire sale last week, company President Bob Kellogg also asked customers and employees to bring in food to be donated to local food pantries.
Kellogg estimated that between what was purchased by the company and what was donated by customers and employees, $5,000 worth of food was gathered for local pantries.
“They all said they can use as much as we can get,” Kellogg said. “That’s one thing we like, is that nothing is going to go to waste.”
On Tuesday morning at the company’s Dix Avenue location in Queensbury, Kellogg and several employees loaded shopping carts full of soup, stuffing and macaroni and cheese into boxes and onto a truck to then be dropped off at local food pantries.
The company’s corporate headquarters is in Queensbury, and it has several locations in this area, as well as farther south in Waterford and Colonie. Kellogg said the business tried to make it easy for people to bring bags and boxes of food into the different locations.
The food is going to several food pantries in the region, including the Wait House, the Salvation Army, Zion Episcopal Church in Hudson Falls and the Greenwich Food Pantry.
Kellogg had trouble contacting some food pantries when he tried to reach them to let them know he was interested in donating to them, he said.
This was the first time the company has done a collection and because it was successful, Kellogg said it’s something he’d like to do in the future when it holds tire sales in the spring and fall.
“We thought it would be a nice way to give back to the community,” Warren Tire CEO Wayne Kellogg said.