Garden party help

Bushels of gratitude go out to Daniella Novak and Jay Norton who collected food donations at their annual garden party.

Bushels of gratitude go out to Daniella Novak and Jay Norton who for the past five years have collected food donations at their annual garden party.

Over 1,000 pounds of food, along with monetary donations, were recently received by The Salvation Army Food Bank. How is this possible from a simple garden party you ask? Well about six or seven years ago, Daniella and her husband Jay decided to have a garden party for their friends and family.

Guests kept bringing wine or asking what they should bring. Daniella kept telling them that nothing was needed. Since they love to entertain, this garden party became an annual event and they decided to tell their guests to bring food for the food bank.

She phones us to find out our needs and shares it with her guests. It has become a big event. This year more than 90 guests attended and some of them phoned the food bank to find out which of our needs weighed the most. I’m thinking they have some competitive guests.

What a fabulous and enjoyable way to entertain and help those that are in need in our community. The food bank is always in need of protein items such as tuna, peanut butter and sardines, as well as pasta sauce, canned fruit and vegetables and fruit juice.

Lisa Clason, Community Services Coordinator, The Salvation ArmyParksville

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