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Weldon Spring wins holiday food drive

The city of Weldon Spring has won a friendly competition between three local municipalities that benefited hungry families in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties this winter.

For the fifth consecutive year, the cities of Weldon Spring, Cottleville and Dardenne Prairie teamed up for the Tri-City Holiday Food Drive. Each city competed from mid-November to Jan. 9 to collect the most food donations for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service.

Weldon Spring collected the most items for the food pantry, winning the coveted “Cornucopia Traveling Trophy.”

St. Charles County Sheriff Scott Lewis judged the competition and declared Weldon Spring the winner – again. This is the fourth win for Weldon Spring since the competition’s inception in 2000. Cottleville took the trophy in 2012. Dardenne Prairie has yet to win the trophy.

New this year, the city of Weldon Spring also accepted donations of pet food and new or gently used pet supplies for a local animal shelter. These donations were given to the Five Acres Animal Shelter, formerly the St. Charles Humane Society. Five Acres Animal Shelter is the only “no-kill” shelter in St. Charles County, and relies on private donations to operate.

“We were impressed with the turnout of donations and positive response we received for the animal shelter,” said City Administrator Michael Padella. “With this being the first year we’ve accepted these types of items, you never know what kind of turnout you’ll generate. I think this will become part of our tradition for future food drives.”

Moe Kwiatkowski, Weldon Spring city clerk, said the city dropped off a large quantity of items for Five Acres Animal Shelter.

“There was dog and cat food, collars, leashes, blankets and towels, toys and cleaning items as well as a monetary donation from a gentleman who wished to remain anonymous,” Kwiatkowski said.

While Weldon Spring took home the trophy, hundreds of needy families benefited from the friendly competition.

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