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      Soup Kitchen seeking new donated van

      A T oledo soup kitchen which helps some of the city's needy , is in need themselves.

      H elping Hands of Saint Louis Outreach Center in East Toledo is seeking donations for a new van.

      T he outreach center picks up food donations daily from g ro cery stores and food banks throughout the city.

      T he organization has a donation truck , but it's a pickup with no cover and leaves food they pick up exposed to rain and other outside conditions.

      Shelter director Paul Cook says the food they pick up serves a critical need to the people they serve, "the people that walk here to eat, it helps out quite a bit. but, it helps us out, it tries to save our bottom line, so we get so many dollars, we try to stretch as far as you can," explains cook.

      Cook adds they have some people who may want to donate a van, but so far no guarantees.

      I f you would like to donate a van to the soup kitchen. You can call Paul Cook at (419)-691-0613, extension 2.