Allen Karasiuk is one of the event organizers. He says the food collected along with local support made the Fill the Bus Campaign a great success.

“It’s been a great day. We’ve collected over 24,000 pounds. In addition to that we’ve got the $10,000 in regards to Tervita’s generosity, and another $1,400 through the Rotary Club and Canadian Tire,” he says. “With Tervita putting out the call for companies to step forward and jump on board with them, that’s in the works right now, so all in all a great day.”  

Karasiuk says the novice players in minor hockey were a great help in helping to collect food for the event, and other volunteers contributed greatly as well.

“Through minor hockey the novices stepped up big time. Seven year olds were out there collecting and learning about volunteerism and supporting the community,” he explains. “We’ve got volunteers from all walks; families of the Huskies, the Huskies themselves who are really the spearhead behind all this. Just people that are generally interested. It’s a real community effort. It’s difficult to mention everybody but it’s all appreciated.”

The Salvation Army food bank is a worthy cause Karasiuk says, and he’s happy that the hockey club was able to lend a helping hand.

“The Salvation Army, I know it’s a very worthwhile cause, and I know they’re very grateful for the whole thing. It’s a big part of their food bank and we’re just happy to be able to contribute.”

On the ice the Huskies next play in Dawson Creek on Wednesday at 8 p.m., and their next home game comes on Friday night at 8 p.m. against the Grande Prairie JDA Kings.