Good News Breakfast delivers for food bank
Thousands of pounds of toys and food collected for Christmas
It was another banner breakfast for Project Share on Friday as they hosted their most successful Good News Breakfast ever.
The event, hosted this year at the Greg Frewin Theatre, brought in more than $174,000 in toys, food and monetary donations.
“When we started this year, I said we wanted to get over the $160,000 marker this time, and we did it,” said Chris Russell, an organizer from Niagara Transit. By the end of the breakfast event, a city bus was stuffed to the ceiling with Christmas goodies which will be distributed around the city during the holiday season. In an average December, Project Share will distribute about 75,000 pounds of food, and provide assistance to more than 2,000 families.
The Good News Breakfast, which will air on Cogeco’s Your TV, included a dazzling performance from Niagara Ballet of “The Nutcracker,” and a Christmas choir performance from River View School. While the Greg Frewin Theatre is more accustomed to hosting magic performances, offering up the venue for Project Share was a no-brainer according to organizers.
“It was actually a pretty short and easy conversation,” said Brandon Green from the theatre. “Pretty much as soon as I told Alanna (Frewin) that it was for the Good News Breakfast, she said ‘yes’ and we were done.”
Making sure the event runs smoothly is no small task, and requires a strong team of volunteers, like Rose Themer.
“I first heard about Project Share a few years ago,” said Themer. “It looked like a group who was doing important work, and I wanted to try something new so I decided to get involved. It’s been a lot of fun.”
This year, Kettlebells Niagara topped all other participating businesses by bringing in $13,000 for the Good News Breakfast. The top school this year was James Morden Public School.
Although the Good News Breakfast has wrapped up, donations can still be made directly to Project Share (4129 Stanley Ave.) or at any Niagara Falls grocery store with one of the group’s signature red barrels out front. The most sought after items for Project Share remain non-perishable food items like peanut butter, tuna, beans, and the most needed Christmas gift donations are those suitable for teenagers.
Allie DeWit was part of the troupe from Niagara Ballet who dazzled the crowd at the Good News Breakfast on Friday morning.