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Celebrate the Fourth by feeding the hungry and honoring of the memory of Ben Delain

Renae Bauer, assistant director of communications for the Green Bay Diocese, passed along this information last week:

The Peter Delain Family of St. Bernard Parish in Green Bay is asking people to bring a non-perishable food item to the Fourth of July celebrations in Green Bay. The collection is in memory of their son Ben, who died two years ago at age 11. All food will benefit Paul’s Pantry, The Salvation Army, and the Hunger Network. Ben loved the Fourth of July and he loved helping those less fortunate. In fact, his last act was to share his apple with a man standing at the Wausau exit, holding a sign “I am hungry.” To honor his life, the Delain family created Ben’s Wish Foundation (www.benswish.org) to benefit the hungry.

Non-perishable food can be dropped off at two locations on July 4:
1. Before or after the 1 p.m. Liberty Bell Ringing ceremony on July 4 at the Brown County Courthouse. The first 200 children to make a food donation will receive a $2.00 bill commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

2. Between 1:30 and 11 p.m. July 4 at either end of the Ray Nitchke Memorial Bridge (Dousman Street). Look for the Ben’s Wish Food Bin.

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