Remote control plane fundraiser benefits food bank

Dozens of people who love remote control flying flocked to the Turners Falls airport.

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – Struggling Franklin County families in need of donated food, got some help today from an unexpected source.

Dozens of people who love remote control flying flocked to the Turners Falls airport. But they were also there for another reason, knowing that all the money collected would go to the food bank of Western Massachusetts in the Hampshire county town of Hatfield.

Just as soon as federal agencies help fill the food bank shelves, the food goes right out again to help some three hundred Western Massachusetts agencies that distribute this food directly to families and individuals in need.

That’s one reason model airplane fan Alec Cybulski of Whately decided to attend the event on Saturday in nearby Turners Falls. He said, “It’s great a lot of it is going on even with the summer program, grammar school children during the summer, It’s very different, it’s great that they support them.”

Ted Toohaker, the President of the Franklin County Radio Control Club, told 22News, “We decided it’s time to start giving back to the community, get awareness out there for doing great for the community, for the less fortunate.”

The groceries that the food bank can now buy from the federal government with money raised during the Radio Control Club’s popular event will not only help the hungry of Franklin County, but everywhere in Western Massachusetts where children are in danger of going to bed hungry.

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