Parksville Fire Department firefighter Phil Charlebois holds a boot while a Thrifty Foods shopper drops her donation. (Michael Briones photo)

Parksville Fire Department firefighter Phil Charlebois holds a boot while a Thrifty Foods shopper drops her donation. (Michael Briones photo)

Annual firefighter food drive in Parksville Qualicum Beach up nearly $19K from 2020

$52.2K collected from 7 fire departments and $58.6K from Craig Bay Community

The results from this year’s annual firefighter food drive in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region are in, and it’s up nearly $19,000 from last year.

Working together, seven fire departments raised $52,269 and collected 3,914 pounds (1,775 kilograms) of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Same as last year, donations were not collected door-to-door due to COVID-19 safety considerations but were accepted at at specific locations throughout the region and at some fire halls.

READ MORE: 8 Parksville Qualicum Beach area fire departments set for annual food and toy drive

Parksville Fire Department raised $35,110 and 605 pounds (274 kg) of food.

Qualicum Beach Fire Rescue raised $8,970 and 40 pounds (18 kg) of food.

Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department raised $3,109 and 614 pounds (279 kg) of food.

Deep Bay Fire Rescue raised $2,120 and 614 pounds (279 kg) of food.

Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department raised $1,810 and 1,113 pounds (505 kg) of food.

Bow Horn Bay Fire Department raised $1,000 and 558 pounds (253 kg) of food.

Errington Fire Department raised $150 and 350 pounds (159 kg) of food.

An additional $58,635 and 17,866 pounds (8,104 kg) of food raised by the Craig Bay Community brought the final total to $110,904 and 21,780 pounds (9,880 kg) of food.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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