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Newton Falls man's legacy of giving lives on in charity food giveaway

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - About 800 people turned out for a Thanksgiving food giveaway on Saturday in memory of Dale Settle, Jr.

The 22-year-old Newton Falls graduate died on September 22nd. He was shot during an armed robbery on his way to Bible study in Canton where he was a youth leader.

The D.A.L.E. Foundation was created in Settle's memory, it stands for "Do A Little Extra"

"He gave up his life for his friends, so were trying to pass on his good deeds," said Jackie Braccio.

"The witnesses say he asked everybody to forgive his killers and we know this is something he would want us to do," said Sharon Lane.

At the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown the line started forming at 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

About 300 bags of groceries were given away.

"It will put food on the table and give us a little less to worry about," said Youngstown resident Raymond Wolford.

The organization also gave away one coat per family to adults or children who needed one.

Although many people went away happy, some left when they found out there were more people than bags of food.

Alyce Shepherd says she appreciates the good Dale's mother is doing, however the front of the line became the back of the line and people that were given numbers were later told they didn't apply.

"I understand what she was trying to do and I commend her for that, but this was just chaos," Shepherd said.

Others say they understand people's frustration at the situation, but others added that was a day God blessed them with and that they will enjoy.

"It's just an honor to be here. It's a beautiful day. It's wonderful to get out of the bed. It's an opportunity. If we get blessed with a certificate that's wonderful, if not, it was just a honor to come down here," said Youngstown resident Jo McKee.

Members of the D.A.L.E. Foundation tell 21 news they didn't expect the crowd to be so large. They were able to help around 300 families and they hope to grow the foundation through donations and help even more families next year.

To find out how you can donate, log on www.dalesettlejr.com.

 

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