Although repainted election signs will remind some folks, members of the Westerville Rotary Clubs and Westerville Area Resource Ministry are hoping city residents don't forget to put their donation bags out for the annual food drive this weekend.

Although repainted election signs will remind some folks, members of the Westerville Rotary Clubs and Westerville Area Resource Ministry are hoping city residents don't forget to put their donation bags out for the annual food drive this weekend.

About 12,000 Westerville residents received their bags in Consumer News Services' "The Bag" Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, and the pickup of donations -- which could add up to nearly 30,000 pounds -- is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 13.

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Signs reminding residents to put their bags out for collection began appearing Thursday in neighborhoods where pickups are scheduled. In addition, trucks will be at Kroger Co. stores at 7345 state Route 3 and 55 W. Schrock Road during pickup hours.

Organizers hope the increased number of signs and drop-off locations will yield the best donation yet.

Otterbein TV will broadcast the collection day activities at drop-off locations including the Schrock Road Kroger store.

The same day of collection, Uptown Westerville merchants kick off their portion of the fundraising with a window decorating contest. The merchant with the most money collected for the food drive wins, with dollars acting as votes.

A WARM van will also be in Uptown between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to collect additional donations.