Emily Vance photo - 5 - The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department pose alongside Salvation Army partners. From left: Salvation Army’s Major Norm Hamelin, Lt Daryl Britz, Cpt. Mark Adelborg, Assist. Chief Steven Liedl, FF Mike Stangret, Chief Marc Norris, Sr. FF. Tim Lotzien, FF Alex Hong and Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army business manager Bonnie Brown.

Parksville Fire Department food and toy drive raises more than $34K for Salvation Army

29,500 pounds of food collected; Craig Bay Resident Association makes largest single donation

The 2019 Parksville Volunteer Fire Department food and toy drive was a tremendous success thanks to the generous residents in the Parksville Fire Protection Area.

Over this past weekend, department volunteer members with help from their families and friends, collected 29,500 pounds of food and $34,073.57 in cash.

The single largest donation was organized by the Craig Bay Resident Association with $20,559 in cash donations and 2,300 pounds of food.

PVFD has been conducting the food drive since 1998 with firefighters, honorary members and volunteers going door-to-door to collect non-perishable food for the Salvation Army food bank.

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A total of 77 volunteers worked on the food drive on Saturday with another 81 volunteers busy on Sunday and the time spent on the food drive by volunteers amounted to 2,528 person hours.

PVFD Chief Marc Norris recognized the many contributions to the weekend.

“On behalf of Parksville Fire, my sincere thanks to the residents of the Parksville Fire Protection Area for your generosity, my thanks to local businesses for your generous contributions to the event and also our members and food drive volunteers who work to make it all happen,” said Norris.

Norris also thanked the organizing committee.

“Captain Mark Adelborg and his team should be extremely proud of the results and the difference their efforts continue to make in our community,” said Norris.

– NEWS Staff, Submitted

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