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This article originally appeared in the Sudbury Star.

This week, Dan Xilon, the executive director of the Sudbury Food Bank, asked Sudburians to consider making a cash donation to the food bank instead of donating non-perishables.

"During this unprecedented time of physical distancing to stop COVID-19 from spreading, we're all experiencing big changes to our normal daily routines," Xilon said. "But the need for the Sudbury Food Bank hasn't changed. In fact, we are already seeing more people turn to us for assistance as their jobs and businesses have been put on hold.

"That's why we issued a special appeal for cash donations. I'm happy to announce that our first major donor has already stepped forward as a result of our call for help."

Brian Doyle and Blake Didone, co-owners of Doyle Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Inc. in Sudbury, responded to the call with a $10,000 donation.

"We are all in this together and we want to do our part as a local business that has been supported so greatly by our community," said Didone said in a release. "Without that support, we would not be able to make this donation, especially in these times. If you or your business are able to help, please give however you can."

Here's how you can contribute to the Cash for Cans Campaign:

As of noon March 26, the Cash for Cans Campaign has raised $50,847 from businesses and individuals -- just four days into the campaign.

Cash for Cans goal is $250,000 to replace and increase the traditional spring food drive, which normally raises about $200,000 worth of food and cash donations.

The Sudbury Food Bank assists 44 food banks and meal providers. These agencies normally support 8,000 to 8,500 people per month.

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