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King Day Effort Aims to Sustain Spirit of Service

"The checks are still pouring in, and we're still getting donations on the Web," Rudney said recently. "This is really just the beginning. The match is just a drop in the bucket compared to what we need. We hope this is just a launching point for a lot more."

The foundation's parent organization, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, has raised about $1 million for a regional Neighbors in Need Fund. It will begin dividing those donations among the Montgomery and other community foundation chapters over the next few months, Rudney said.

The weekend also included a food drive for Manna Food Center, with more than 15 drop-off locations at Giant Foods stores and service sites throughout the county.

"Yes Montgomery Did!" Manna executive director Amy Gabala said in a statement. County residents donated about 20,000 pounds of food over the weekend, which, Gabala said, was enough to feed more than 500 families for a month.

"With Manna experiencing nearly a 50 percent increase in demand, [the donations] will truly help provide essential food to hungry families," Gabala said.

Adams met with other county officials Friday to discuss the campaign's future and said plans will be rolled out over the next few months.

"There will be bigger plans that will have a huge potential impact," he said.

For information on Yes Montgomery Can! events and affiliates, contact 301-348-7367 or volunteer@yesmontgomerycan.org or visit www.yesmontgomerycan.org.


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