Parksville Fire Department’s Lt. Paul Roy has the boot out to receive donations at the drive through at Tim Hortons in Parksville. (Michael Briones Photo)

Parksville Fire Department’s Lt. Paul Roy has the boot out to receive donations at the drive through at Tim Hortons in Parksville. (Michael Briones Photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach fire departments begin annual food and toy drive

Donations being collected at various locations

The Parksville Fire Department’s annual Food and Toy Drive got underway today but fire crews did not do their traditional collection due to COVID-19.

Instead, they’re out at various locations collecting cash donations. They’re asking the community to help “Fill the Boots for Food,” which they’re doing to help the Salvation Army Food Bank.

The fire department’s crews are out at Save-On-Foods, Thrifty’s, Tim Hortons, and the BC Liquor Store at Wembley Mall. Those wishing to donate can do so at this locations but hey’re only accepting cash. They are there today (Nov. 14) and tomorrow, Nov. 15.

Other fire departments in the District 69 areas are also taking part in the food and toy drive and accepting donations at their respective fire halls.

The Bow Horn Bay Fire Department, 220 Lions Way, will accept curbside cash donations at their fire hall on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Coombs Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department will collect cash donations on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The contact is acting Lieutenant Kevin Fuson, who can be reached at 250-752-2144, or at coombsdata@shaw.ca.

For the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department, both the Dashwood fire hall, 230 Hobbs Rd., and Meadowood fire hall, 1800 Galvin Pl., will accept curbside food and cash donations on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Deep Bay Fire Department will accept food and cash donations at their Deep Bay fire hall, 5031 Mountainview Rd., on Saturday, Nov. 21, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Errington fire station number one will collect cash donations at the Co-op Gas Bar and liquor stone, located at the corner of Church road and Alberni Highway, as well as at the fire hall at 960 Errington Rd., on Nov. 21 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Nanoose volunteer firefighters will be at the Springford Farms and Nanoose Place to collect cash donations on Nov. 14 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents can also purchase Quality Food gift cards from Nanoose Place rather than giving a cash donation. Donations will go to the Nanoose Community Cupboard to assist Nanoose residents in need.

If you wish to make additonal donations in cash or in kind, you can do it at the food bank, at 886 Wembley Rd. Donations are accepted Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Th0se wishing to donate toys can make it to the Society of Organized Services’ Caring for Community at Christmas at 245 West Hirst Ave. The program starts Nov. 16, and toys can be dropped off every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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Jacquie Baker drops her donation into the boot with Parksville Fire Department firefighter Frank Bailey expressing appreciation. (Michael Briones photo)

Jacquie Baker drops her donation into the boot with Parksville Fire Department firefighter Frank Bailey expressing appreciation. (Michael Briones photo)

Ann Johnson gets a thumbs up from Parksville Fire Department’s Joe Foster as she drops a bill into the boot, with Miki Butterworth. (Michael Briones photo)

Ann Johnson gets a thumbs up from Parksville Fire Department’s Joe Foster as she drops a bill into the boot, with Miki Butterworth. (Michael Briones photo)