Tumbler Ridge Food Drive a Success

Trent Ernst, Editor
 

District of Tumbler Ridge annual Food Drive. Firefighter Beale braves the snow as he goes door to door collecting for the District's Food Drive.

 

While donations were down, Family Assistance Program Coordinator Matthew Westergard says that this year’s District of Tumbler Ridge Food Drive went really well. “We got lots of food and some monetary donations,” says Westegard. “We’ll use that to order some of the stuff that we didn’t get in donations.”
 
While the Food Drive was shy on actual District councilors (only Councilor Toraville was able to make it, despite the date being chosen to accommodate council’s schedule), there were a number of District employees who volunteered to help out.
 
In addition, there were a handful of volunteers from HD Mining collecting food, as well as group from Teck helping sort the donations back at the New Life Assembly. 
 
“It was a cold, blustery day, but they were done collecting by about 4:30” says Westergard. “Then everybody warmed up with chili and buns.  We had lots of help and a good turnout.”
 

Yanchi Li from HD Mining lends a hand collecting food.
 
Westergard suspects part of the reason donations were down was because of some communication issues, something that he is already planning on resolving for next year. “We give council two days to consider in early November, but because of the way the meetings were scheduled, we only found out a week before the food drive when it was happening. We’ve learned a few things for next year. And it all worked out.”
 
Despite the lower than normal donations, Westegard says the food bank is in really good shape. “Between the wind farm donation and the food drive, we have enough for the season. We’ll do well this year, and we’re looking forward to this.”
 
While they have enough food for the year, they haven’t had a lot of toy donations. Westergard says they have some toys left over from last year, they are hoping to get some more donations before the Christmas hampers are distributed.  “We’re going to have boxes at the Dollar Store and Tru for the month of December,” says Westergard. Anyone wishing to make donations can drop them off at the New Life Assembly Church, or at either of these locations.