FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies’ Fill the Bus fundraiser for the Salvation Army Food Bank has once again shown how generous residents are in the Energetic City.
On Sunday the team, along with volunteers from around the North Peace, collected roughly 27,000 lbs. of food for the local food bank. Hockey players from both the Huskies and the Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers helped collect food by going door-to-door in the chilly weather, while other volunteers filled boxes at the arena as donations streamed in.
Peace River Hydro Partners once again made a huge contribution by donating enough food to fill one of the 745C rock trucks that are used on the dam’s construction. The over $5,000 worth of food was jointly contributed by PRHP employees, who pitched in $2,200 that was matched by the consortium. Other Site C Contractors who donated food and money were ATCO Two Rivers Lodging, Saulteau Safety & Security and Kikinaw Energy Services.
Students at Alwin Holland Elementary also pitched in with 1,168 items of food. Other organisations that made major donations included: Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons, Domino’s, Save On Foods, M&M Food Market, the Fort St. John Rotary Club, and BMO.
Huskies executive and Fill the Bus organiser Alan Karasiuk said that the most poignant moment of the event came on Sunday evening when the completely full bus pulled up to the food bank. Karasiuk said that when they arrived, the shelves in the food bank’s storage room were practically bare. The donations were incredibly well-received by the Salvation Army, especially since the economy has been hard-hit in recent years.