Members of local fire departments will ‘fill the boots for food’ as part of an annual fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

Members of local fire departments will ‘fill the boots for food’ as part of an annual fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach fire departments participate in 2020 Fill the Boots for Food Drive

Donations can be made in various locations throughout the region

The City of Parksville has revealed how fire departments will participate in this year’s ‘Fill the Boots for Food Drive’ fundraiser.

A previous release from the city said that this year’s food and toy drive “will look very different” due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since there will not be door-to-door neighbourhood collection, those who would like to donate can find firefighters ready to “shake their boots” throughout the area on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15. Some departments will also be accepting donations at their fire halls on Saturday, Nov. 21.

The food drive includes eight departments in District 69: Bow Horn Bay Fire Department, Coombs Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department, Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department, Deep Bay Fire and Rescue, Errington Volunteer Fire Department, Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department, Parksville Volunteer Fire Department and Qualicum Beach Fire Department. Over the years Parksville Qualicum Beach residents have always contributed generously and this year donations are even more important.

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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.

As for Parksville, firefighters will “shake the boots” at several locations throughout the city on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contact for this department is Captain Mark Adelborg, and can be reached through 250-248-3242, or firedept@parksville.ca.

The Qualicum Beach firefighters will collect cash donations at several locations throughout the village on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their contact is Deputy Fire Chief Peter Cornell, and can be reached at 250-752-6263, or deputyfirechief@qualicumbeach.com.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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