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Published: Saturday, 10/15/2005

Planned Nazi march cancels food giveaway

A Nazi march planned for today has canceled a neighborhood food giveaway that usually distributes groceries to about 250 families on Saturdays.

The Rev. Waverly Earley, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, 2934 Stickney Ave., said she called off her church s Feed Your Neighbor program. She cited concern over the potential volatility of a rally by the National Socialists Movement, a Virginia-based neo-Nazi group that said it would stage a march in North Toledo today.

A lot of the people who come to our [distribution] site are large families, with five or six children. We don t want to take any chances on those people being negatively affected should marchers pass near the church, Pastor Earley said.

She said the program, which operates the last three Saturdays of the month, will resume next week with extended hours, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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