Johnston mayor runs for donations

One metro mayor is making a pledge to run-- but only if people in the community give back to those in need this holiday season.

Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld has issued the following challenge: beginning on New Year's Eve, she will run one mile for every bag of food, personal items, or $10 donated to the Johnston Partnership Food Pantry.

Donations will be accepted through December 30th.

Last year, Mayor Dierenfeld ran a total of 316 miles after donations were accepted.

Here are the things that the City of Johnston is hoping to receive as donations: 

Personal Items - Toilet paper, laundry detergent, Kleenex, deodorant, shampoo and diapers.

Food Items - Fresh, nutritious produce, and healthy, non-perishable, unexpired food items.

Monetary donations are always welcome, as the food pantry is able to purchase needed items in bulk and cheaper than the rest of the public can purchase the same items. Your dollar is stretched further when given to the Johnston Partnership.

There are three drop-off locations: 

Johnston City Hall

6221 Merle Hay Road

Johnston Public Library

6700 Merle Hay Road

Johnston Partnership

5870 Merle Hay Road, Suite D

Monetary donations can be made online through the Johnston Partnership. Click here for their website:

The Mayor says she loves participating in this challenge because it's her way of giving back to those in need this holiday season.

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