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Arconic Workers Prepare Food Baskets

the food baskets are put together, and ready for delivery (2013)

Hundreds of local families will eat well this holiday season thanks to workers at the Arconic Plant in Riverdale. Thursday night, hourly and salaried employees will pack Christmas food baskets - an annual tradition that dates back to 1950.

Each year, workers hold fund-raisers, make individual contributions, and recycle their beverage cans, and use the proceeds to buy food. Recipients are nominated by employees, and selected by a committee. 

This year, they'll pack 500 food baskets, and deliver them Friday. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.