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    The Chicago Auto Show is about much more than just cars. For the past nine years, the show has held a three-day food drive, encouraging guests to bring three cans of food in order to get a half-priced ticket. (Published Thursday, Feb 13, 2014)

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    For the past nine years, the show has held a three-day food drive, encouraging guests to bring three cans of food in order to get a half-priced ticket.

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    The food drive wraps up Feb. 14, with all of the donations benefiting A Safe Haven, a group that helps Chicagoans experiencing homelessness become self-sufficient through phased housing, healthy lifestyles, and employment.

    The goal is to collect 10 tons of food, which the show is well on its way toward achieving.

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    "I remember the first year we did this we just couldn't believe the generosity of people coming in with their cans of food and dropping them in, it's great," said Auto Show general manager Dave Sloan.

    The Red Cross was also set up at the show to collect blood donations as part of the effort. The goal is to collect 900 pints of blood which will help save 2,700 lives.