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Food drive best ever

food-drive.jpgSometimes it’s the small gifts that count.
    In the midst of the flurry of Wednesday night’s food drive, into Captain Bram Pearce’s hands drops a Christmas card from a person who received a food hamper last Christmas. A small gesture of thanks that reaches beyond The Salvation Army, but to the whole community.
    “This is what makes this worthwhile, right?” says Bram.

   The community was blitzed by volunteers who combed the streets of Drumheller, and surrounding communities for food donations.  Overwhelmed is one description that is apt to describe the results of last week’s food drive.
    “I would say this is the biggest ever,” said longtime food bank volunteer Yola Dyck, who has been working in the food bank for 13 years.
    She adds, so far the demand for hampers is growing again this year.
    The donations kept pouring in as members of the Drumheller Dragons, the Drumheller First Scouts, DCHS boys basketball team, and a myriad of community groups and individuals contributed to the effort. Office space in the Christmas Depot that laid empty since last year, was filled, and the donations continued to pour in.
    Heather Colberg, who again organized the food drive, said there were well over 100 volunteers. As donations poured in, others began the arduous task of sorting. The next morning volunteers from St. Anthony’s continued the process.
    “I called in a lot of favours,” laughs Colberg when asked about the success of the drive. She attributed the success to the generosity of the community, and the dedication of the volunteers. The food drive has become an institution, and in many ways a social event.
    “They come to help out and they feel good about it,” said Colberg, expressing her appreciation for all who came out to help.
    Bram also is appreciative for all in the community who contributed to making the food drive a success.
    “It means a lot to Anita and I to have this support,” he said. “The food drive was here before we arrived, and will live on long after. That is encouraging.”
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