Once again, Parksville Fire Rescue’s Fill the Boots for Food drive was a huge success, thanks to the generosity of the community.
A total of $85,353.90 in cash for the Salvation Army food bank was collected over the weekend along with new unwrapped toys for the Society of Organized Services, according to a news release by the City of Parksville.
Firefighters were at locations throughout Parksville taking donations on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20.
“On behalf of Parksville Fire Rescue members, my sincere thanks to the residents of the Parksville Fire Protection Area for your generosity and for the support of Canadian Tire, Save on Foods, Thrifty’s, Quality Foods and BC Liquor Stores,” said Chief Marc Norris. “Captain Mark Adelborg and our members should be extremely proud of the results and the difference their efforts continue to make in our community.”
Craig Bay residents gave $55,355 in cash and 2,692 pounds of food.
The Craig Bay Fall Food Drive starts collecting groceries and cash over a six-week time period and PVFD and Salvation Army representatives are invited to come on Sunday morning of their weekend drive for a special presentation. During the last eight years, Crag Bay residents have donated 20,868 pounds of groceries and $193,944 to the Salvation Army.
Donations, important to the Salvation Army food bank and SOS to provide for less fortunate in our community, may be made as follows:
• SOS is gratefully accepting donations for its Caring for Community at Christmas program. The program provides special gifts for local children and youth, and grocery store gift cards are provided to families, adults and seniors. Financial donations can be made online at sosd69.com, in person or by phone (250-248-2093), from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off during the same hours at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville (245 Hirst Ave W) and at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.) in Qualicum Beach.
• Salvation Army food bank donations are accepted at 886 Wembley Rd., Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
— NEWS Staff