Jasper County Chief Deputy Duane Rozendaal and Co-Line employees fill the back of a deputy’s vehicle with food donations.
On Friday, Nov. 18, the employees of Co-Line, a manufacturing company south of Sully, brought in a record-breaking 1,400 pounds of non-perishable food items for local food pantries. This year, the company had a friendly competition among team members and the counties they live in. Team Jasper/Poweshiek/Polk brought in 925 pounds, overfilling the back of a Jasper County Sheriff’s vehicle. Team Mahaska/Marion/Wapello brought in a hefty 475 pounds. Deputies from Mahaska County made deliveries to the food pantries in New Sharon and Rose Hill while Jasper County rushed the goods to the East Jasper Christian Food Pantry in Kellogg
The deputies made their appearance during the company’s free pizza employee lunch in Co-Line’s new Jasper County building that is nearing completion. An added twist to this year’s food drive included Co-Line doubling the dollar per pound donated and giving each county $1,400. The deputies received a standing ovation for their service to the communities. Mahaska County is putting the money toward its Children’s Charity Fund and Jasper County is supporting a local fundraiser for the Salvation Army coordinated by a jail staff employee.
“Our employees really stepped up to the challenge blessing others this Thanksgiving with over 1,400 pounds of food,” said Faye Brand, co-owner. “Seeing the deputies’ vehicles filled full and the respect our employees showed local law enforcement was a moment I will always remember.”