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SASH raises more than $5,000 for Food Bank
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Mount Rushmore was one of the stops on Don Armel's cross-country motorcycle trip to raise money for the Statesboro Food Bank, and he took a selfie to prove it. - photo by Special

Statesboro Atheists and Secular Humanists recently presented more than $5,000 to the Statesboro Food Bank to help pay its operating expenses.
    The Atheists and Humanists group has no president or other officers, but member Don Armel made the presentation to the Food Bank Inc. after playing a special part in collecting the money.
    Riding his Harley Davidson 2000 Ultra on a 7,032-mile, 24-day roundtrip, Armel turned a visit to his brother in Clear Lake, California, into a transcontinental fundraising activity.
    "I was going to do the trip anyway and then one day it kind of dawned on me, that — why not — it's not going to cost me anything to turn it into a fundraiser and get some benefits out of it for other people," Armel said.
    Along the route from Tybee Island to Clear Lake and back to Statesboro, through 20 states, he posted scenic photos and selfies taken with his GoPro and phone camera to a Facebook page, Food4Boro. A GoFundMe page was also established.
    SASH members and other local people contributed, but so did people from Alaska to Florida and from Pennsylvania to California and Washington. Receiving email addresses of donors, Armel knows there were also some from England and Australia.
    "Pretty close to $3,500, more than half, came from people who had no connection to the local project," he said.
    Armel recapped his
May 25–June 17 trip at a SASH meeting with views of places his visited, from roadside diners to the Grand Canyon.
    The Go Fund Me page,, remains active, with future proceeds also dedicated to the Food Bank.
    The $5,775 that was counted as the first donation will be enough to pay the Food Bank's electric bill for about two months. Expenses like that are why, SASH members said, they wanted to give cash instead of food.

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