Advance Auto Parts collects for Westmoreland food bank after truck fire |

Advance Auto Parts collects for Westmoreland food bank after truck fire

Representatives of the Westmoreland County Food Bank will provide information about the nonprofit at this week's Ligonier Country Market. A truck fire on June 26 destroyed a vehicle and its contents.

Eight Advance Auto Parts stores are collecting nonperishable items for the Westmoreland County Food Bank after a devastating fire to one of its this week.

The North Huntingdon store has set up a box to collect food donations and other Advance locations will be as well, said Donna Rubright, commercial parts pro and Deanna Etling, commercial account manager.

A food bank truck caught on fire Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot in Norwin Hills Shopping Center. The food bank lost 3,000 pounds of donated food and the truck, valued at $150,000.

“They do help a good lot of people in the community,” Rubright said.

The truck driver was alerted by other drivers to the fire and was able to pull over. He was not injured. He had been picking up donations from area grocery stores.

Employees at the North Huntingdon store saw the fire and wanted to give back, Etling said.

“They watched that truck burn and it affected them,” she said. The Advance store address is 8716 Norwin Ave. They already have a $500 donation from the Manor American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, which Rubright said Advance matched.

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