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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-  (Dec. 15, 2012) - Santa is stuck on top of truck? No, a ladder won't help. The only way to save Santa is to donate food.

    Silas Simone, a servicemen stationed here in Little Rock, spent Saturday collecting food donations for Arkansas Rice Depot

    Dressed as Santa, Simone stood on top of an 18-wheeler starting at 8 a.m. The truck will be parked conveniently between Walmart and Sam's Club on Bowman in Little Rock.

    You can help get Santa down from that truck by bringing non-perishable food items.

    "Any kind of non-perishable food items will help, anything people are willing to donate, something that's not going to spoil."

    With Christmas is around the corner, Simone says he wants to extend a hand of help through the gift of food.

    "We should be defined by what we give, and not what we make," says Simone. "Nourishing a hungry child over Christmas means more than any material gift."

    All donations will go to the Arkansas Rice Depot, the only statewide food bank which distributes almost 9 million pounds of food a year to hungry Arkansans.

    The organization has four main programs in place, each working toward its core mission, including Food For Families, Food For Kids, Food For Seniors and Disaster Relief.

    Food For Kids was designed to provide food to children having problems in school due to hunger at home. By providing kid friendly foods and backpacks to the schools, these children are now able to feed themselves with full anonymity. Food For Kids is in over 620 schools, providing food for more than 35,000 Arkansas school children and their siblings. 

    (Source: Arkansas Rice Depot)

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