UPDATED! Emergency Services Food Drive inspired hundreds of volunteers
By David F. Rooney
Last week’s Emergency Services Food Drive raised an astonishing 9,854 lbs (4,470 kilos) of non-perishabe foods for the Community Connections Food Bank plus $2,682.50 in cash donations from families and $1,000 in Cooper,s cards from the Knights of Pythias.
“I’m absolutely vibrating!” exclaimed Krista Carnegie, who put a great deal of effort into organizing the two-day food drive.
“People were amazing! People were actually coming out to the kerb with their donations to meet our volunteers.”
About 240 men, women and children from about 20 different groups volunteered their time on Wednesday and Thursday nights to gather donations for the food-strapped Community Connections Food Bank.
Patti Larson of the Community Connections Food Bank could not immediately be reached for comment as she was at a two-day Food Banks BC conference. However, she would doubtless be pleased with the totals as she desperately hoped to at least equal last year’s total of 9,000 lbs.
Well, public donations this year certainly exceeded that amount.
Here are a few scenes from the food drive I thought you’d enjoy seeing: