by Susan Hoftyzer
The residents of North Grenville have filled up the food bank again this year, generously supporting the 11th Annual Fill-A-Bag Campaign. The generosity of our community is exceptional, as teams collected 350+ more donations than last year, representing an over 20% increase. Almost 6,000 paper grocery bags were distributed in the municipality on November 24th with a flyer attached requesting donations of food, toiletries and household items, indicating that the filled donation bags would be collected the following Sunday. Even the snowstorm waited for the 2,000+ plus bags to be picked up by volunteers and taken to the sorting location at 200 Sanders Street in Kemptville.
The Campaign would not be the success that it has become without the hard work and dedication of many individuals, families, teams, businesses, churches, community groups and clubs that come together to staff the Campaign. The food drive has become a labour of love for many who return year after year to volunteer.
Also critical to the success of the Campaign are the individuals and businesses that sponsor the food drive, providing the donation bags and flyers that are distributed around the municipality. Thank you to Array Hair Studio; B&H Grocer; Brewed Awakenings; Coba Studios; DSI Williams Excavating; Exit Realty – Wendy Embleton; G&S Automotive; Isabella Williams; McKee & McKee; Rekmann’s Automotive; Remax Affiliates Realty – Gerry Seguin; Royal Bank – Samantha Rivet-Stevenson; Sauve Heating & Air Conditioning; Sheppard & Associates; and Westerra Homes.
The Fill-A-Bag Campaign is a joint effort between North Grenville Community Church, who organizes the food drive, and the Salvation Army who runs the food bank. This year, the Salvation Army projects that they will deliver 115+ Christmas hampers to area families. The food received from the Fill-A-Bag Campaign will be used to fill the hampers. The remainder of the food will stock the shelves of the food bank for the upcoming year, which serves 35-40 clients weekly.
It is fantastic how the community comes together each year to care for the vulnerable among us. Thank you to the people of North Grenville, for your continued support of the Fill-A-Bag Campaign.