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Green Bay Packer helps with central Wisconsin food drive

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WESTON (WAOW) -

A Green Bay Packer arrived in central Wisconsin Tuesday to promote a cause close to his heart.

This well-known member of the green and gold pitched in to help a Wausau food pantry.

Hundreds showed up with donations in hand.

This line kept growing at D.C. Everest High School.

Hundreds of people, people like Gunnar Schultz waited with donations for The Neighbors Place and to meet a Packer.

"I've been here for about 15 minutes," said Gunnar Schultz.

Packers fullback John Kuhn said the holiday season can bring challenges.

"It's important to give back, especially places like Neighbors Place and other places for the people that might need it," said John Kuhn.

That's why he came to Weston to raise awareness about hunger and at the same time meet some of his fans.

"Packer nation will come out full force for any one of us, so it's really great to get back here and really give back to the fans," said Kuhn.

The food drive was sponsored by several organizations.

In the first hour, people had donated about 200 pounds of food.

"It's so cool for kids to see their idol making a difference and he's inspiring them to make a difference as well," said Peyton Medick, Peyton's Promise Founder.

The director of The Neighbors Place said efforts like this help make their mission possible.

"The players that play on the Packers have a real concern for not just the community of Green Bay but for the state of Wisconsin," said Tom Rau, The Neighbors Place Executive Director.

So, among the crowd, a lot of excitement.

But beyond that, a sense of purpose as this star on the field helps make a real difference off of it.

Organizers said Frontier Communications will match the total food donated.

Neighbors Place directors said they hope to have the food in the pantry Tuesday evening.

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