The Swan Hills School staff’s second “Stuff A Bus” food drive surpassed the accomplishments of the previous year. Following a bustling evening of collecting food donations on Thursday, dedicated volunteers filled the school bus to capacity and successfully replenished the Swan Hills Food Bank (SHFB) shelves.

The school staff volunteers and their family members started the night by gathering at the white “Grizzlies” school bus stationed in the Keyano Centre parking lot. The Swan Hills Fire Department (SHFD) lent a helping hand by setting up lighting for safety and drawing attention to the campaign. A brief organizational meeting was held to allocate volunteers into teams and designate areas of the town for each team to canvass before they embarked on their mission to collect donations. 

In addition to the contributions gathered through door-to-door visits by volunteers, some Swan Hills community members brought their donations directly to the bus. There was also a sizable stockpile of care packages that Super A had assembled containing essential food items required by the food bank. After customers had purchased the packages, they were held at the Super A until the dedicated “Stuff A Bus” volunteers picked them up Thursday evening.

The volunteers proceeded to the food bank once every donation was carefully loaded onto the bus. Members of the SHFD helped the “Stuff A Bus” volunteers unload the generous contributions from the Swan Hills community and bring them into the food bank.

Laurie Sperling, a volunteer at SHFB, expressed her gratitude, stating, “It was a remarkable success, and our shelves are now abundantly stocked! The selflessness exhibited by the Swan Hills community as they come together to support their fellow residents in need is truly incredible. We are immensely thankful to Swan Hills for their unwavering generosity!”

The busy evening of collecting donations, the collaborative efforts of school staff volunteers and their families, the Swan Hills Fire Department, and the direct contributions from community members and Super A’s thoughtful care packages all played pivotal roles in surpassing the previous year’s achievements. The dedication and selflessness displayed by the Swan Hills community in supporting their neighbours in need are truly commendable. With shelves at the Swan Hills Food Bank now abundantly stocked, the success of this initiative reflects the unwavering generosity and compassion of Swan Hills residents. The heartfelt gratitude expressed by SHFB volunteers resonates as a sincere acknowledgment of the community’s collective impact, making this “Stuff A Bus” food drive an outstanding success.

By Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 20, 2023 at 13:25

This item reprinted with permission from   Grizzly Gazette   Swan Hills, Alberta

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