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Introducing the WSECU & KIRO Radio Hometown Hero: Radonna Nelson

SPONSORED — When members of a Kirkland community need help putting food on the table, Radonna Nelson and her “Free Little Pantry” are there to help. The pantry and Radonna are there if a need arises before payday, if someone needs extra help with baby formula that week, or just cannot make ends meet to put a healthy meal on the table.

Radonna puts in countless hours a day shopping, organizing and collecting donations for the pantry. Her Rose Hill neighbors can frequent anytime, no questions asked, when they need a helping hand. She created a private Facebook group page to monitor requests and needs as they arise.

“In the morning at eight, I unlock the pantry, turn the lights on, and restock inventory so it will be ready,” Radonna said. “Once I know what I need, it is time to go shopping. After unloading in the afternoon, I put away any donations that may have come in. In the evening, I answer questions, clean up, and turn off the lights.”

When asked about why she started the pantry and what motivates her to give back, Radonna explained that she understands how it feels to go to bed hungry as a child.

“I know what it’s like to not have food, and no child should ever have to do that. Knowing that at night there are children that don’t go to bed hungry — I do it for them,” she explained.

“Don’t let the daily frustrations distract you from the bigger picture, the end goal. No one can fix everything, but anyone can make something better,” Radonna said.

Radonna is a true a Hometown Hero – someone who sees a basic need in his or her community and creates great change for the simple fact of wanting to help others, and the Rose Hill community in Kirkland is the benefactor of her generosity.

Two non-profit organizations KIRO Radio has collaborated with, in an effort to help assist families in need of food, are Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline.

To learn more about the Free Little Pantry in Rose Hill, you can find them on Facebook.

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