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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Woodloch's Hunger Relief breaks world record

  • Woodloch Pines Resort can boast of a new "world's record" while engaging over 400 people in the good cause of helping the needy have enough to eat. They assembled 656 packages and it only took less than three minutes to do it.
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  • Woodloch Pines Resort can boast of a new "world's record" while engaging over 400 people in the good cause of helping the needy have enough to eat. They assembled 656 packages and it only took less than three minutes to do it.
    On Saturday, November 23, with Thanksgiving less than a week away, the Nightclub at Woodloch was transformed into an assembly room to put together donated food items into bags. Billed as "Just Add Turkey," each hunger relief package made up the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
    The bags contained 10 non-perishable Thanksgiving-themed foods which are currently being donated to local food pantries in Pike, Wayne, Monroe and Lackawanna Counties with the help of The United Way and local charities. The donation totaled 6,560 food items weighing over 10,000 pounds.
    Pocono ProFoods supplied the food and split the cost with Woodloch Pines by 50 percent. Bruceli Advertising contributed the donation bags to be used in the feat.
    How long did it take? That's where the "world's record" comes in.
    They stuffed the bags in only one minute, 18 seconds.
    Bob Kiesendahl explained that every year, Woodloch hosts "Twelve Days of Giving" leading up to the Holidays. They look to do good deeds in the community, a way of giving back for the support the community has given Woodloch since their founding by the Kiesendahl family over 50 years ago.
    This year they thought to kick off the event in grand style, by packing hunger relief packages. They learned that this could actually qualify for a Guinness Book of World Records entry. Wal-Mart held the record of how many packages they could assemble in under three minutes. Wal-Mart stuffed 592.
    Woodloch took on the challenge.
    Inviting their staff and guests as well as anyone from the community who wished to join them, the crowd in the nightclub was pumped up with enthusiasm as the Kiesendahls led a pep rally leading up to the mark. "Hands up" was ordered, and the 414 participants gleefully obeyed. The count down had begun. At the signal, their hands plunged into the array of packaged food items on the tables and stuffed their colorful bags at fever pitch.
    It was all over in less than three minutes, with a big celebratory announcement that "history has been made!"
    Guinness still has to review and finalize the attempt to make the new world's record official.
    "We were privileged to host such an incredible event, and we thank the local community for its huge outpouring of support. We greatly exceeded the numbers of volunteers we originally expected. Knowing that these packages will benefit those who need it most in our local region is truly heartwarming, and we are honored to give back to our community in such a positive way," said John Kiesendahl, owner and CEO of Woodloch.
    Page 2 of 2 - Among the supporters were Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Baker, Pike County Commissioners Rich Caridi and Matthew Osterberg, District Director Dave Weber from the office of Tom Marino (US House of Representatives 10th District), Mindi Ramsey from WNEP, the Mayor of Hawley, Kevin Hawk, and Harry Forbes, representing Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett as Director of the Northeast office. In addition, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders Organization (New York Yankees Minor League Baseball team) supported the cause. .

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