It is no secret that Hotdoggers love their job, but if you asked any Hotdogger what their favorite day on the job looks like it would likely involve some sort of goodwill opportunity. Whether it be taking the big dog to a children’s hospital, helping humane associations on pet adoption days, or lending a hand at a hot dog fundraiser, Hotdoggers just love giving back.
Recently, during our stay in Shreveport, La., we discovered that the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana was starting a month-long Pack the Pantry campaign. We decided to help out, and set a goal of collecting 2,000 food items during our week in the area.
By the time the week was up, we were overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity. At grocery stores people would bring out a few canned goods for us. When we went to the library for story time, we found the employees had set out a bin asking for donations. Everywhere we went people would tell us they heard what we were doing and wanted to help.
Our first bucket of donations for the food bank
Our week of collecting cans also happened to fall on Halloween, so instead of trick-or-treating for candy we went trick-or-treating for canned goods. We took the Wienermobile door-to-door and passed out Wienermobile goodie bags to those who gave a donation to the food bank.
Trick-or-treating for canned goods
At the end of the week the food bank sent over some extra hands and an additional van to help us get the food from our hotel room to the food bank across town.
Kacee con Queso helping move all the cans out of the hotel room and into the Wienermobile and extra van
Unloading all the food items at the food bank
In total, we surpassed our goal and collected 3,294 food items for the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.
Smokey Steph and Kacee con Queso with the collected donations equaling 3,500 pounds of food
We would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of the Shreveport residents that made this week so successful. We are so glad that we were able to help and make a small difference. Follow us on Twitter
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