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  • Local student's project collects 2,500 pounds of food for Food Bank of Delaware

  • Appoquinimink High School Senior Celine Cumming collected about 2,500 pounds of food Jan. 26 to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware with her senior project, 'Capture for a Cause.'
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      What Celine collected: 2,476 pounds
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      What Celine collected: 2,476 pounds
  • Local dignitaries and business owners were taken hostage Saturday and held for ransom.
    But the kidnapper didn't want money.
    She wanted to help out the Food Bank of Delaware.
    Appoquinimink High School Senior Celine Cumming collected about 2,500 pounds of food Jan. 26 to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware with her senior project, 'Capture for a Cause.'
    "I am happy to say that by the end of the day Saturday, the kidnapee ransom totaled roughly 2,500 pounds," Cumming said. "This way exceeded by hope for 500 pounds of food."
    Cumming said that her most valuable kidnapee, who brought in the most ransom weight, was State Farm Insurance agent Joyce Simmons.
    State Representative Quinn Johnson's (D- Middletown) ransom was also pretty significant.
    "He networked and informed numerous legislators on my behalf," Cumming said. "Rep. Dave Wilson came all the way from Milford to deliver 269 pounds of food."
    Leanne Bennett, a middle school teacher from the district, was also a worthy catch, Cumming said. The teacher even bought her own handcuffs.
    Cumming also kidnapped State Senator Bethany Hall-Long, Jeffrey Speigelman, Earl Jacques, Dave Wilson, Appoquinimink Superintendent Matt Burrows, Miss Wilmington 2013 Amanda Debus, Middletown Main Street director Tracy Skrobot, and Janice Forbes of SNAP Fitness.
    All of the kidnapees had to secure their releases with nonperishable food items equal to or more than 15 pounds. They were held for two hours at the Appoquinimink Library as food donations poured in for their releases.
    The Food Bank of Delaware picked up the food Monday.

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