Christmas hamper planning underway

Barriere Food Bank - Christmas hamper planning underway

By Dawn McCormick

We at the Food Bank would like to say a big thank you to all the people who made the Toy Run such a big success.  The final figures are in,  and they are as follows: 220 pounds of food, $7,380, and many beautiful toys to help fill the Christmas hampers.

We would especially like to thank the Paul Morris family for organizing such a successful Toy Run.  In addition, we are very grateful to Ivan and Louisa Lee and their AG Foods staff for letting us use their parking lot again this year, and for donating the refreshments.  A big thank you to the Barriere Legion and to the Star/Journal.  Without their participation we would not have had such a great event.  And last, but not least, a heartfelt thank you to all the riders who donated their time, toys and generosity to make this year’s Toy Run the best ever.

On to other Food Bank news:

We have had a great response to our request that people donate the proceeds from their bottles and cans at the Baglady Bottle Depot.  We have a wonderful partnership with the bottle depot, and we want to thank them for their generosity and their continuing support.  Please keep all those bottles and cans coming.

This year’s garden bounty is nearing the end.  We still have some squash, potatoes, tomatoes, apples and onions.  The next growing season will be here before we know it, so anyone in the community who wants to participate in next year’s Grow-A-Row, please contact Dawn McCormick at 778-257-1487 or via email at

We are now starting preparation for Christmas hampers.  We will be taking registrations starting Nov. 1 for hamper requests.  Volunteers to help assemble hampers will be needed, as well as volunteers to deliver the hampers as well.

Hampers will go out Wednesday, Dec. 18.  Please note that we are still looking for a few more toys, specifically for girls between 10 and 14 years of age.

Lastly, the Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser is coming up next month, on Nov. 18.  We are looking for volunteers to help serve and bus tables at this event.  Anyone who is interested, please call the Food Bank at 250-672-0029.

The Food Bank is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon every Wednesday.