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by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on October 8, 2009 at 7:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

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9th Annual Mahler Family Food Drive

It's rare to hear about a family with their very own annual food drive, but a Treasure Valley Family has just that!

Here's how it all started - one year on Teri Mahler's birthday, she was thinking about how blessed she was and what a wonderful group of family and friends she had. She thought, instead of gifts, she wanted her guests to bring food donations for the Idaho Foodbank!

The first year, the family collected 88 pounds of food. Teri decided to do it again. It grew and grew! Last year (year 8!) The Mahler Family Food Drive collected 748 pounds and $2,154 to donate.

To date, the family has collected 3,624 pounds of food and over $5,000 in cash. That equals 121,661 meals for the Idaho Foodbank to distribute! Incredible.

This year's food drive is this weekend!

The Mahler Family 9th Annual Food Drive

Saturday, October 10th

5pm to 10pm

1702 E. Picabo Ct., Boise, ID 83716

It's going to be a great evening out for the whole family for a great cause!

Just show up with your canned food and a small cash donation - and enjoy food, drinks, & festivities - including a kiddie carnival and crafts, a bounce house, live music, stories by the fire, a photo-booth, and more! There are contests and prizes too!

Statistics to Celebrate:

Year 1: 88 pounds
Year 2: 124 pounds
Year 3: 263 pounds
Year 4: 482 pounds
Year 5: 687 pounds and $285
Year 6: 606 pounds and $850
Year 7: 626 pounds and $1,940
Year 8: 748 pounds and $2,154

For more information on this Saturday's event - check out the Mahler Family Food Drive blog:

PS: Teri Mahler and her family will be featured as Seven's Heroes this Sunday at 10pm. Make sure you tune in!