Rob Spiers (from left)

Salmon farmers help fill Campbell River food bank shelves

Mainstream Canada employees had a lot of fun raising $1,200 in cash and a pick-up truck full of canned food

Mainstream Canada employees had a lot of fun raising $1,200 in cash and a pick-up truck full of canned food for the Campbell River food bank this weekend.

They raised the money at the company Christmas party on Dec. 8, where a new tradition was born: the annual Mainstream Canada Christmas Charity Auction. Dozens of prizes, from ski passes to slow cookers, were wrapped and bagged up and put on the auction table. But there was a catch — no one knew what they were bidding on!

The auction started to resemble an episode of “Storage Wars” as the competition for potentially great prizes got fierce, and the bids got higher and higher.

By the time the last prize was gone, the auctioneers had collected an even $1,200 in cash for the Campbell River Food Bank, along with enough canned food to fill a truck (people could bid using cash or canned goods). The auction was such a huge success it will likely become an annual Christmas tradition for Mainstream Canada.