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Anonymous donor treats Food for Lane County volunteers to dinner

Volunteers treated to dinner. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore -- Food for Lane County has been a part of the Eugene community since 1984. For the past 12 years, the organization has had a dining room that provides free meals to those in need.

"So they come in and they're very appreciative of our service, we're very appreciative that they're there" said Beverlee Potter, Executive Director for Food for Lane County. "So, it's really a wonderful place where they're served with dignity and respect."

But on Thursday, the volunteers were shown the same "dignity and respect" they give to others every day. An anonymous person paid for more than 100 meals, so these giving people could have their own free dinner.

Potter said of the donor that "they care deeply about this community, and so we're very appreciative. We certainly don't have the money to throw a volunteer party, but we love to attend things like this and we're very pleased that this person cares so much."

But the giving doesn't stop there. Musicians with the organization called, Musicians Medical Emergency Association, also donated their time for the event.

"The thing is, is these people have day jobs... Some of them are retired, and they're constantly giving their time up to the community" says Paul Biondi, a woodwind musician with the group. "It's not that big of a deal for us as musicians to give up some time to show the volunteers that we're knocked out by them. We're just amazed at all of the stuff they do for our community."

Robin Heide has been a volunteer with Food for Lane County for about 12 years now. He said he appreciated the recognition, but what he appreciates most, is being able to give back.

"You know, there are a lot of people that are in a tough time. You can live under a bridge here in Eugene, but you've got to eat, you know" said Heide. "It's our privilege to feed them."

Potter said, "For us at Food for Lane County, we have maybe 72,000 hours of volunteerism that help us deliver the food to this community, and we truly don't do this by yourself...and we couldn't do it without them and we greatly appreciate our volunteers."

Food for Lane County will have their "Postal Food Drive" on Saturday, May 13. If you would like to get involved, all you have to do is hang non-perishable food items on your mailbox, and the Postal Service will pick it up.

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