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‘Fill up the Trunk Challenge’ taking off in Newton

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 11:22 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 11:24 a.m. CST

A new social media challenge called the “Fill Up Trunk Challenge” is making rounds on Facebook after the Newton Daily News reported a shortage at the Salvation Army food pantry.

This new challenge was created by Jessica Lowe, Andy Karr and Amanda Karr of the Newton YMCA.

“What you do is you go and get some food, you take it over to the food pantry and you help a great local cause. The best part of the challenge is you don’t even have to dump a bucket of cold ice water on your head,” said Andy Karr in the initial video.

Since the initial post by the Karrs and Lowe on Monday, a number of citizens of the community have accepted the challenge, including Travis Padget, outgoing executive director of the United Way of Jasper County, KCOB’s Jaime Grout and Newton City Council member Noreen Otto.

“We have too many hungry families and not enough food to feed them,” Padget said in his video.

This new challenge has even been endorsed by the Salvation Army, which reciprocated its thanks in a post on its Facebook page on Tuesday. The post also said the Salvation Army will accept donations from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

If you would like to donate to the food pantry, visit the Salvation Army, located at 301 N. Second Ave. E. or call (641) 792-6131.

Contact Senior Staff Writer Ty Rushing at (641) 792-3121 ext. 6532 or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.