From 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on December 20 in the PriceSmart parking lot, residents are encourage to each bring what they can to help fill up a police car with donations.
“We’re very pleased to be partnering with PriceSmart Foods to get food donations for the local Women’s Resource Centre.” stated Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “We hope everyone brings one or two non-perishable food items and we’ll see how much we cram into a police cruiser.”
The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Centre held its own drive last Friday, serving stew and bannock in exchange for donations of non-perishable food and hygiene items for its Outreach Store, along with gifts for a child’s Christmas Hamper. Outreach Coordinator Reanne Schular explains that the store is available to women in need year-round, but experiences extra demand around the holidays.
“Especially right now rent rates in Fort St. John as we know are high, heating bills and gas bills in the winter are double, so there’s a lot of extra stresses.”
The Outreach Store is a free source of clothing, household items, food, and a baby items for parents that need a little extra help. Schular says basic daily necessities like toilet paper are most needed.
“Things that are in high need that we can’t keep on the shelf are those better quality items like potatoes, apples, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry detergent (powdered, not liquid), and dish soap.”
Donations can also be dropped off at the Women’s Resource Centre.