Charity challenge issued

Storage container filling is the goal for this charity plan

Canadian PUPS driver Bruce McCallum

Canadian PUPS driver Bruce McCallum

Can Oceanside business fill a 13-foot portable storage container?

That’s the challenge put forth by Sherry Dance of Canadian PUPS in Parksville to businesses in the city’s industrial park — and beyond to the rest of the community.

Dance has partnered with the Salvation Army to keep a storage container at the food bank site on Wembley Road, in the hopes that people will be able to fill it. The goal is to ensure the local food bank has enough to meet the demand for hampers over the holidays — and beyond.

Dance said the challenge has a deadline of December 15, but food will be accepted well after that date.

Dance added they are also collecting toys for the Society of Organized Services at their office. A decorated PUPS container will be in the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday.

For more details, call 250-951-21332.

Leah LaVallee, Salvation Army food bank co-ordinator, says they are always in need — especially after the holiday season ends.