Stretch­ing a dol­lar at the Sal­va­tion Army in Wiarton

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - ZOE KESSLER Editor

Mary Mil­lar, Cap­tain of the Sal­va­tion Army, grate­fully ac­cepted $5,000 from Len Thibeault, First Vice Pres­i­dent and Bill Robert­son, District Vet­er­ans Ser­vices Of­fi­cer, of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Hep­worth Shal­low Lake Branch 586 for the Penin­sula Com­mu­nity Food Bank, in Wiarton, Sept. 29.

The Sal­va­tion Army is re­ally striv­ing to get healthy, nutri­tious fruit and meat prod­ucts, which is very, very ex­pen­sive, Mil­lar said in an in­ter­view.

“With this kind of very gen­er­ous do­na­tion we’re re­ally go­ing to be able to have fresh fruit for our Trade Start pro­gram, for the read­ing pro­gram, for our kids, which we just could not do with­out th­ese gen­er­ous do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity.

“We re­ally strive to make what is given stretch. If you give us $10, we’ll make it $100. Do the math,” she said, with a chuckle.

Mil­lar said now that it is fall, plans are to go to the for­est and for­age for ap­ples. “Some­times things get more ex­pen­sive” at this time of year, she said.

The Sal­va­tion Army will make the most of the sea­son by freez­ing squash and other items “in prepa­ra­tion for the cold win­ter ahead.”

When asked why the Hep­worth Shal­low Lake Le­gion branch had cho­sen the foodbank for its do­na­tion, Thibeault said, “At this time of year, peo­ple get de­pressed, as Mary said. They need a place to go and they need a place to eat.”

ZOE KESSLER/WIARTON

ECHO Mary Mil­lar, Cap­tain of the Sal­va­tion Army, grate­fully ac­cepted $5,000 from Len Thibeault (left), First Vice Pres­i­dent and Bill Robert­son, District Vet­er­ans Ser­vices Of­fi­cer, of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Hep­worth Shal­low Lake Branch 586 for the Penin­sula Com­mu­nity Food Bank, in Wiarton, Sept. 29.

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