SHAMOKIN — To a caring group of volunteers, it didn’t matter that the air temperature early Saturday morning hovered at or below 20 degrees. They were determined to give of their time and love in handing out food boxes to a large group of needy people.

Nearly an hour before a local food distribution event — organized by Advancing the Kingdom (ATK), a local vehicle repair business, and coordinated with Blessings of Hope Ministries — was set to begin, a long line of vehicles already stretched far around the block from West Spruce Street back onto Sixth Street. Inside each vehicle sat individuals and families, either in need of food themselves or delivering items to others in need.

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