The local Campbell River congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is joining a British Columbia-wide food drive to help those in need.
The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive will involve about 3,000 volunteers around the province with the actual collection being held on Sat., Sept. 17. Donation bags will be dropped off to as many homes as possible up to a week earlier.
The effort is non-denominational and several other churches, corporate sponsors, and volunteers from the general public will be joining in the big food drive, which is designed to become an annual event.
“This is an amazing reaching out among caring people all over our province and we are excited to have others join us so willingly,” said Bishop Doug Greep, of the Campbell River congregation.
“We have seen through the summer just how desperately the food banks need help, so the aim is to bolster their shelves in time to help people for Thanksgiving.”
The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is being organized in conjunction with Food Banks British Columbia and conforms to the association’s code of ethics.
No cash donations will be solicited door-to-door.
In Campbell River, the food drive proceeds will be delivered to the Campbell River Food Bank.
As well as Campbell River, the food drive on Vancouver Island will involve congregations in Duncan, Nanaimo, Qualicum, Port Alberni, Courtenay, Port McNeill and Powell River.
For more information go to www.bctfooddrive.org or call Lynne Macara at 250-923-6600.