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Jul 24, 2016 12:00 AM

NH group helps raise more than $100,000 for Salvation Army in Nashua

NASHUA - You could hear music echo through the parking lot of the Market Basket in Somerset Plaza as the Watchmen of New Hampshire hosted a food drive to benefit the Salvation Army of Nashua.

This is the first time the organizations teamed up, and they said they never expected the reaction they received from the community.

"We were hoping for smaller donations, you know a bag of food here or pasta here you know that kind of thing," said Keith Mochida, who commands the local Chapter of The Watchmen of N.H.

"We got that truck right there filled with food, and that's close to about 800? About 900 pounds of food," said Kevin Francisco, who is the state coordinator of the group.

The Watchmen is a national-based civil preparedness group that originated in Missouri in 2008.

"It's sort of a network, where people get together so if that in an event of a natural disaster or man-made disaster," Francisco said. "If something were to happen, we are a community that has a strong family bond that comes to each others aid."

They decided to help out the Salvation Army because their food pantry is in desperate need during the summer months.

"This is a tough time of the year for a lot of families ah simply because the kids are home and so they're going to go through a lot more food," Francisco said.

Overall they collected more than 1,000 pounds of food, which will help out families in need.

"If they aren't worried about their next meal, then it is one thing off their plate," Francisco said.

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