The Republican Party of Story County is encouraging attendees of the eighth annual Wendy Jensen Memorial Chili Supper, as well as the community at large, to donate to local food pantries this season. The Republican Party will accept donations at the Dec. 9 event, located at Oakwood Road Church in Ames.

Donations will be accepted at Oakwood Road Church at 4 p.m. until the event starts at 5 p.m. Large quantities of items purchased as cases is encouraged. Suggested donations include the following:

• Nonperishable foods such as cereals, crackers, canned meats, pasta sauces, peanut butters, dry noodles, dry food mixes, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned beans.

• Personal care items: toilet paper, bar of soap, shampoo or deodorant.

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