Red Bag Food Drive tops last year’s to­tal

The Drumheller Mail - - Front Page - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Sal­va­tion Army's An­nual Red Bag Food Drive was an­other great suc­cess com­ing through for fam­i­lies in need in the com­mu­nity.

The an­nual food drive, ev­ery year brings out the spirit of the com­mu­nity as res­i­dents work to fill the shelves of the Sal­va­tion Army's Food Bank, which has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing great need this year. Fam­ily Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor for the Sal­va­tion Army Amanda Courte­nay is grate­ful for the sup­port.

“We had more than last year so it was very suc­cess­ful,” Courte­nay tells the Mail.

The Sal­va­tion Army Church was a hive of ac­tiv­ity last Thurs­day night, Novem­ber 28 as ve­hi­cles streamed into the park­ing lot and vol­un­teers un­loaded the dozens of red bags filled with do­na­tions. In­side the church, more vol­un­teers were busy sort­ing the do­na­tions.

Sal­va­tion Army Cap­tain Ben Lip­pers said the do­na­tions should fill the very empty shelves of the food­bank and keep it stocked un­til spring.

The food drive was once again or­ga­nized by Kim Sun­t­jens and Sum­mer Manca. They are grate­ful for the com­mu­nity sup­port for do­na­tions as well as the

great vol­un­teer sup­port on the evening of the food drive.

With the food drive behind them, Courte­nay said the sea­son is still busy for the Sal­va­tion Army. Right now they are fo­cus­ing on the Christ­mas Ham­pers. The Tree of Toys at Wester­gard Ford still has tags for fam­i­lies that need to be filled. These will be avail­able un­til De­cem­ber 6.

The Ket­tle Cam­paign is also in full swing. Vol­un­teers are still needed to man the ket­tles. These are typ­i­cally about two-hour shifts, and to vol­un­teer, con­tact the Sal­va­tion Army at 403-823-2215.

Other events com­ing up is the an­nual ball toss at the Drumheller Drag­ons home game on De­cem­ber 10, and then the Telus Teddy toss is on De­cem­ber 13. De­cem­ber 21 is the an­nual Wal­mart Ket­tle match day. Do­na­tions made to the ket­tle at the lo­cal Wal­mart will be matched by the store.

The an­nual Red Bag Food Drive was a great suc­cess last Thurs­day, Novem­ber 28. Vol­un­teers sorted the do­na­tions to stock the shelves of the food­bank. (left)Lo­cal Beaver Alex

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Kightly-St­ef­fler had his hands full as he found where to stock the noo­dles, as (right) more vol­un­teers un­loaded hun­dreds of red bags full of do­na­tions .

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