Linden Firefighters and EMS collect donations for Food Bank

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It was an early Christmas moment to see the flashing lights of the Linden Firemen and EMS out in full force with fire trucks going door to door in Linden on Friday evening, December 1 collecting for the local food bank and Christmas baskets. What made the sight even more fantastic were all the lighted trees along the coulee, along with the gazebo, and the display in the coulee campground. It is a phenomenal sight and really helped set the Christmas mood for the gift of giving to the less fortunate.

Firemen began collecting around 6:00 p.m. and were pretty much finished by 7:30 p.m. It was a fantastic haul and the food bank shelves are full once again. Numerous volunteers were also at the church unpacking, sorting, and checking expiry dates, while others stocked and organized the shelves. A couple of local restaurants also helped with coffee house certificates and a donation of buns for the light meal offered to volunteers. Earlier in the week Cathy Price and the grade nine class delivered the paper bags to each home and Golden Hills School Division donated the bus to help students get around the village.

“This community is beyond generous with volunteers, cash, and grocery donations,” said Sonia Ens, Food Bank Coordinator. “We got more groceries and less cash this year, while last year it was the reverse. We did up seven hampers and had them delivered but there will be more food baskets needed before this month is out. With the increased use of the food bank this year, stocks can be depleted quickly.”

Should you wish to donate, there are drop-offs at both banks in the Village, AG Foods, and the Village office. Cash can be dropped off at the Village Office or donations, in the form of cheques, can be mailed to Sonia’s address, Box 572, Linden, Alta., T0M 1J0. The cash is used to purchase perishable items for the Christmas hampers, as well as stock items that get depleted. For the purpose of food banks, expired items cannot be utilized, nor can home-made preserves be used. The volunteers are forbidden to place any of these in the hampers or on the shelves. The Linden Food Bank still requires more of the staple items such as peanut butter, condiments, coffee and laundry soap.

“The Food Bank wishes to thank everyone who took part, from their donations to their time. It is greatly appreciated.”