Huskies raise the bar for annual food drive

 

The Fort St. John Huskies will be holding their 7th annual Fill the Bus campaign on Sunday.

Volunteers will be venturing door to door to collect non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Bank in the city. Last year, the group managed to collect 19,990 lbs of food and this year, the goal has been increased to 21,000 lbs.

Once all the food has been collected, it will be brought to the North Peace Arena, sorted, packaged and then put onto the Huskies’ bus to be taken to the Food Bank.

Certain items for children are always in high demand, says Carolyn Krauss, past president for the Huskies. Krauss says items like baby food, diapers, peanut butter, jam, jelly, as well as items for children’s school lunches, including fruit cups, snack packs and good quality juice boxes are always important.

She says the Fort St. John Rotary Club members have always been generous financial donors and Canadian Tire then matches that amount.

Furthermore, she says there have been a lot of new businesses choosing to get involved and help out this year by collecting donations or donating various items. Residents can drop off food donations at Pricesmart and six hotels in the city will be donating the use of their vehicles and drivers for the campaign. The hotels will also be donating toilet paper for the city’s shelter.

She says the group is still looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in participating can contact Carolyn Krauss at 250-785-3195 or the Huskies office at 250-785-0242.

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