Kitimat is gearing up to support the annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive, an event which is held in towns all over the province in order to supply much-needed provisions to food banks in time for the Thanksgiving season.
This is the third year the Food Drive will be held in Kitimat and again the organizers are calling for volunteers to step forward.
“We’re looking for help from the community in the form of small groups of two to three people. Families are ideal for this activity,” said one of the organizers, Leisl Kaberry.
She said the process is simple – between Monday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 12, fliers are attached to plastic bags which then need to be delivered to every house along nominated routes, which involves between 80 to 130 houses and takes up to an hour and a half to complete.
“On Saturday, September 15 at 10 a.m., one of the volunteers needs to drive along the route while the others walk along the sides of the road to collect any shopping bags or boxes placed outside residents’ doors as a donation to the food-bank,” said Kaberry.
“Volunteers won’t have to ring doorbells or speak to people. They will simply collect the donations and leave a thank you card in the letterbox as a sign that their donation was collected. This takes approximately an hour per route.”
Once all the donations that were left out on the route have been collected, the volunteers need to drive to the Latter-Day Saints chapel at 823 Kuldo Boulevard where the donations will be gathered and taken to the Kitimat Food Bank.
“Last year we had 21 routes that covered most of the town as well as Cablecar. This year we would like to reach every residential address,” added Kaberry. “Last year we collected an estimated 7,232 pounds of food.”
If you are interested in donating up to three hours of your time over two days to help out at the Food Drive, contact Kaberry at firstname.lastname@example.org