Saugeen Shores Food and Toy Drive – the Food Bank: Part 2

Given the incredible response by the community for the Saugeen Shores Food and Toy Drive, we have separated the event into two parts.  The first part focuses on the volunteer crews at each of the four locations in Saugeen Shores while Part 2 is all about the results seen at the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Each year, the event provides local families in need with food and the all-important Christmas morning toys for children, as a result of the generosity of the community.

Salvation Army Major (ret’d) Connie Armstrong says that the demand for food has increased.  “It’s a difficult time for many families.  We are seeing many who have never experienced having to reach out to a food bank.  It’s not easy for them.”

Lorne Currie, long-time coordinator of the event, attributed much of the help to volunteers.  “I have to thank Paramedics Brittney Kealy and Candy Blackburn.  We had 16 fire fighters, six to seven paramedics and six to seven police officers along with civilian volunteers.  Zach Mowbray, Special Constable Auxiliary police officer and Auxiliary Shawn Paulitzki were also instrumental in organizing our police officers.  This was our first combined effort and we will know how it turned out when we see the results.”

Those who helped out this year were already talking about plans for next year.

This year’s initial total was more than 4,000 lbs. of food, a significant increase over last year.  A final total of cash donations and gift cards however, has not yet been determined.

   (L) Diane Thorne and Salvation Army Major (ret’d) Connie Armstrong, friends and                        volunteers for 27 years, were all smiles at the end of a long day

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      Salvation Army Major(ret’d) Connie Armstrong and volunteer Diane Thorne (R)                                                          thanked the Paramedics
        Firefighters(L) Rob Atkinson and Scott                    McMeekin helped to unload the toys
      Coordinator Lorne Currie (L) thanked the volunteers for their dedication