The spirit of shar­ing

Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay woman col­lect­ing food for Nain food bank

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY [email protected]

Sara­beth Kip­pen­huck of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay has found a way to spread the joy of giv­ing this Christ­mas by host­ing a food drive for peo­ple liv­ing in Nain.

Kip­pen­huck has reached out to peo­ple through so­cial me­dia ask­ing for do­na­tions of non­per­ish­able food items to help fill the com­mu­nity’s food bank shelves.

The re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing, she said when con­tacted by phone on Nov. 26.

“This is my fourth day col­lect­ing do­na­tions. I didn’t re­al­ize just how much sup­port I’d get. I’m hop­ing to get a pal­let full of food.” Kip­pen­huck said.

The sup­port goes be­yond the Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay area, she said.

“We’re go­ing out to Labrador City this week­end be­cause we have peo­ple out there want­ing to do­nate box­fuls of food,” the 26-year-old said.

Kip­pen­huck said she re­al­izes how hard it is, es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies liv­ing on the north coast of Labrador, to keep food on the ta­ble.

Peo­ple are do­nat­ing ev­ery­thing from juice boxes to jams, crack­ers to ce­real, snacks for ba­bies and chil­dren to boxes of di­a­pers.

Kip­pen­huck will con­tinue to col­lect food un­til Dec. 20 and will ship them to Nain in time for Christ­mas.

She is now look­ing for a spon­sor/busi­ness to cover the cost of ship­ping.

Kip­pen­huck said her par­ents—Rosetta and Ir­win Kip­pen­huck—taught her from an early age about the im­por­tance of giv­ing. How­ever, she said, this is the first big project she’s un­der­taken and, thanks to the power of so­cial me­dia, she’s cer­tain it will be a suc­cess.

When con­tacted about Kip­pen­huck’s kind ges­ture, Brenda Jararuse, one of the vol­un­teers spear­head­ing the food bank project in Nain, said it’s amaz­ing to see an out­pour­ing of sup­port from oth­ers.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate any size do­na­tions, and the thought and kind­ness that goes to gath­er­ing do­na­tions,” Jararuse said. “As we are a new or­ga­ni­za­tion, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all the help we are get­ting.

“It will re­ally make a dif­fer­ence for the food bank, and more im­por­tantly the peo­ple and fam­i­lies this food will be help­ing.”

Any­one who would like to make a do­na­tion to Kip­pen­huck’s food drive can mes­sage her on Face­book (Sara­beth Kip­pen­huck).

SUB­MIT­TED

Sara­beth Kip­pen­huck and some of the food she’s col­lected thus far for the food bank in Nain.

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