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Truckers Thank Sandbag Volunteers with Pizza

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While volunteers from area middle schools worked hard to continue filling sandbags, a few truck drivers came together to show a little generosity as well.

With more than 750,000 of a million sandbags already on pallets, volunteers, like Shanya Hawari an eighth grader at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, are pushing hard until the end.

Hawari says, "It makes me feel like a hero to save the city."

Not only are the schools proud of their kids, but their dedication also caught the eyes of some truckers.

One truck driver, Stephen Beauclair, says, "When you come in here and you watch how hard they're working, it was easy."

With no hot lunch planned for Sandbag Central, an idea was born. "Started asking all the owner-operators if they wanted to contribute," says Beauclair.

It did not take long before others were on board. Dean Mertz, who coordinates the drivers at Reile's Transfer and Delivery, a Fargo trucking company, said he would also be part of it.

About eight drivers pooled money, and Mertz did the rest. He says, "She came up with the dollars, and I just said you know what, whatever you come up with, I'm gonna match."

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, 80 Happy Joe's pizzas were delivered to Sandbag Central, after about $1000 was raised.

"When they're filling their plates with pizza, yeah makes ya feel good," says Beauclair.

The generosity that did not go unnoticed. "They took the time and cared for us to bring us pizza and food, and it's really nice of them," says Hawari.

Though to those that pitched in for the pizza, filling plates was just a thank you to the volunteers' community spirit.

"It's not about how many bags they fill. It's about getting them in here, showing them that they can contribute, make a difference," says Mertz. 

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