Turning a day of swimming into a day of sharing

MASON CITY, Iowa – Everybody likes a good deal, and on Tuesday there was a deal at the Mason City Aquatic Center that in turn, gave back to the community.

The Mason City Aquatic Center and the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank are partnering yet again to collect soap and other non-food perishables during their “Swim and Share” event. The idea is to raise more awareness how people often forget to donate things like shampoo, deodorant or toilet paper.

So far, the partnership has been nothing but a success. Last year, the “Swim and Share” day brought in 598 bars of soap, and this year folks with the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank tell us they are hoping to collect more than 1,000 bars.

This year, in an attempt to have folks bring a little bit more than usual, the pool announced they will be giving free admission for anyone who brings three bars of soap or more for the cause. The event lasted throughout the day on Tuesday, but anyone who missed out can still bring non-perishable food items and toiletries to the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City.

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