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PR Newswire
Feb 19 1999 9:15AM ET

WHAT: 15-year-old Collin Darrell of Swarthmore will, for the 10th consecutive year of his young life, conduct a personal hunger relief effort by going door-to-door distributing bags to be filled with donated food for the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank.

WHEN: Saturday, February 13 made door-to-door bag drop-off throughout Swarthmore;

Saturday, February 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. -- door-to-door food donation pick-up beginning at his home on North Chester Road;

Thursday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m., Collin and his family will drop off the collected food at the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, 302 W. Berks St., in North Philadelphia.

WHERE: Last week, Collin dropped off more than 200 empty plastic bags at homes throughout Swarthmore. This Saturday, he will follow the same route, collecting the food donations. The following Thursday, he will deliver the items to the Food Bank.

WHO: Collin Darrell, his 10-year-old brother Alex and friends

WHY: Like the now famous "Trevor" who took on the plight of the homeless after seeing people sleeping on grates in center city Philadelphia, six-year-old Collin became a crusader for hunger relief after seeing homeless people on the streets. Every year since that time, he has been conducting a door-to-door food drive to collect food for distribution by the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank.

Collin times the food drive to coincide with the religious observance of Ayyam-I-Ha. He and his family are members of the Baha'i faith, and this effort coincides with the end of their year, a time traditionally devoted to charity and gift giving. The food Collin collects will be among the 16 tons of donated food distributed each day by the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank to charitable organizations that feed the needy throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

In the 10 years of his food drive, Collin has collected enough food to provide more than 4,000 meals to hungry families.

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CONTACT: Joan Mintz Ulmer of the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, 215-739-7394, or Kathy Darrell, 610-690-6492. SOURCE Greater Philadelphia Food Bank

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