Fort St. John ran a very successful three day campaign from December 2-4th this year. With the overwhelming support of The United Way Of Northern British Columbia, Safeway, The Bell Media Group, Trojan Safety, Cat Rentals , The Salvation Army and many others, we were able to collect nearly a full trailer of food and a significant amount of cash for The Salvation Army in Fort St. John.
Safeway provided the campaign with specially packaged $5 and $10 bags that were geared towards filling the specific needs of the Food Bank. Safeway Store Manager (Stan The Man) ordered in pallets of these bags and then watched nervously to see how many would be left. He need not have been concerned, By mid day on Sunday, we had sold out the entire stock!
It cannot be stressed enough, how having a solid media partner anchoring the event makes all of the difference! Bell Media with their local stations The Bear 101.5 , CJDC, and Sun Media were on location all through the event doing on location broadcasting, interviews and updates several times an hour. With all of that support , the trailer started filling up fast!
No event can ever be successful with out the volunteers that drive it. To that end, we offer our sincere thanks to Brandi Cage from Rosenau, who toughed it out the entire three days, as well as Niki Hedges from United Way and the Salvation Army Team that were on hand selling bags and providing hot chocolate from their brand new Community Response Unit. We would also like to thank Trojan Safety for sponsoring the Hot dog and Burger by donation stand. They braved the wind and sub zero temperatures to make sure everyone had a full belly with their awesome mobile bbq!. We would also like to thank Cat Rentals for the tent that kept the whole thing covered. We had many other volunteers from Rosenau who in between working their shifts over at the shop came over and helped out as much as they could. Angie, Kelly, Jason, Marcel, Sam, Carol and Cody as well as some of our Family Members.
The Need is still strong in our communities and we thank all of those who stepped up to provide a hand up!