IBEW members of LPEA organize ‘Fill the Bucket’ food drive Nov. 17


By Indiana Reed

Special to The SUN

Responding to community needs in advance of the holidays, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local IBEW 111 26A) of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will host the 11th annual “Fill the Bucket” food drive Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LPEA personnel and the “bucket trucks” will be at both City Market and HomeTown Food Market in Pagosa Springs to collect nonperishable food items (canned goods or boxed/bagged dry goods). Donated food will be distributed to community food banks in Archuleta County.

“We truly love doing this every year, helping support our community,” said Pagosa Fleet Mechanic Jeremy Gurule, who annually coordinates the event. “The need continues to grow, so we want to help our friends and neighbors stock their pantries for this coming winter.”

Cash donations for the food banks are also welcomed and donors can make arrangements to give directly by calling Gurule at 317-0496, or bring a donation by the LPEA office in Pagosa Springs located at 603 S. 8th St. Checks can be made payable to the IBEW Local 111 Brotherhood Fund. All donated funds will be distributed directly to the food banks.

“We’re very proud that LPEA’s IBEW members are once again volunteering their time for this important effort,” said Mike Dreyspring, LPEA CEO. “We hope many folks will bring their food or cash donations to help support their neighbors and those less fortunate in our area.”

For further information regarding the “Fill the Bucket” food drive, contact Gurule at 317-0496.

The IBEW represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.