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In remembrance: Sixth annual food drive honors father lost in 9/11

9/2/2015

ANTHEM – Deborah’s father William Steckman died in Tower One on Sept. 11, 2001, leaving his shocked grieving his loss. Since then, Deborah, an Anthem resident, has channeled her grief into honoring her father through acts of kindness. For the sixth year, she’s running a food drive to benefit community families in need, in honor of her father’s memory.

Last year’s food drive netted 600 pounds of food for needy families. This year, Deborah hopes to top that record. All collected items will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and the Foothills Food Bank. Collection boxes are located at Canyon Springs School, 42901 N. 45th Dr., and Harper Physical Therapy, 41818 N. Venture Dr., both in Anthem.

The food banks offered a list of the items that are most needed currently: canned fruit, applesauce, grape jelly, peanut butter, pasta sauce, canned pasta, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, canned soup, canned beans, refried beans, baked beans, canned chicken, Spam, canned tuna, canned salmon, canned vegetables, Rice-a-Roni, Pasta-Roni, condiments, sugar, flour, dry cereal, and saltine crackers. Non-food items are also needed, including diapers sizes two and five, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, toothpaste, and bars of soap. Monetary donations are always appreciated, as well.

The food drive will be running now until Sept. 10. Food bank wish lists are set up at both locations.

Deborah and her family have dealt with their grief in many ways. Each year, they visit the 9/11 Healing Field in Tempe, hosted by the Tempe Exchange Club. This year, on Sept. 11, at the 12th Annual Healing Field flag display, 3,000 U.S. flags, honoring 9/11 victims. See more details on this tribute at www.healingfield.org/tempe15.

Through the food drive, Deborah and her family are able to honor her father’s memory and help families in the community.

“This is something we’re going to always do,” Deborah said.

If you can’t drop off donations but would still like to help, Deborah may be able to coordinate a pickup. Email her at dakaz@live.com to arrange this.