Food Bank on track for $40,000 goal

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

The Sal­va­tion Army is well on their way to reach­ing their $40,000 goal.

For the busy hol­i­day sea­son, the Sal­va­tion Army held their Red Bag Food Drive on Thurs­day evening, Novem­ber 30, at the Green­tree Mall. “We did well, there were lots of red bags com­ing into that room,” said Jen­nifer Hil­lier, Sal­va­tion Army Cap­tain. “We ex­pect that what we re­ceived last week will get us through the Christmas sea­son.”

Hil­lier ap­plauded the com­mu­nity for their ef­forts with the food drive and fi­nan­cial do­na­tions.

“The other part that I re­ally love about this event is the that the com­mu­nity shows it­self and what I saw last night was the com­mu­nity at its finest. Peo­ple of all ages and stages com­ing out to help out, bring bags in, store food, it was re­ally great to see.”

The Sal­va­tion Army also has Christmas Ket­tles at three high traf­fic ar­eas in town to col­lect do­na­tions and food bank items. This is their largest cam­paign of the year and will run un­til Christmas.

“Our Christmas Ket­tles are in full swing,” said Hil­lier. “The money that is dropped into those ket­tles goes di­rectly to peo­ple in the Val­ley and sur­round­ing area.”

The money pro­vides food and any other types of ex­penses for peo­ple who are in need. All pro­ceeds will be re­cir­cu­lated into the Drumheller econ­omy as most items are bought and given lo­cally.

“We re­ally need the sup­port of the com­mu­nity behind us to do what we have to do in the com­ing year and just ask­ing folks that can get out to put in what you can,” Hil­lier asked.

Wester­gard Ford is home to the an­gel tree which The Sal­va­tion Army has pro­vided. The tree is dec­o­rated in lit­tle tags with a child’s gender, age and a wish­list item.

“If you want to buy some­thing spe­cific that is on some­one’s wish list then please stop by and get one of those tags,” said Hil­lier.

All of these items given must be new, un­wrapped, and dropped off at Wester­gard Ford by De­cem­ber 9.

“We need a cou­ple of weeks to start sort­ing and putting those tags to­gether,” said Hil­lier.

Any­one that is in need of sup­port from The Sal­va­tion Army can call the of­fice at 403823-2215.

“Peo­ple who are in need at Christmas can call our of­fice and they’ll just need to come in and pro­vide us with some in­for­ma­tion. We can work to­gether to help them get what they need,” Hil­lier ex­plained.

Drop off any do­na­tions at the Church at 242 1st Street. Their hours of oper­a­tion are Mon­day to Thurs­day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items can also be dropped off at the Thrift Store at 349 Cen­tre Street. Their hours of oper­a­tion are Mon­day to Satur­day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Some­times peo­ple say it’s just a lit­tle bit but all those lit­tle bits add up to some­thing great and we’re able to use that to help peo­ple who just need that lit­tle bit of ex­tra sup­port,” said Hil­lier.

mailphoto by Terri Hux­ley

Lisa De­lafor­est helps at the food drive by stack­ing and or­ga­niz­ing food items into the ap­pro­pri­ate car­ton on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30. Other vol­un­teers trav­elled to lo­ca­tions of Nacmine, Bankview, Mid­land, North Drumheller, Down­town, Green­tree, Mor­rin, Mun­son, and Rosedale to col­lect the food items. Do­na­tions will be ac­cepted through­out the hol­i­day sea­son at The Sal­va­tion Army.

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