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Around Town: Salvation Army volunteers recognized

April 18 to 24 is National Volunteer Week
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Santokh Singh Banwait and Mahinder Singh, volunteering at the Salvation Army Food Bank on April 20, 2021.

Santokh Singh Banwait and Mahinder Singh have been volunteering with the Salvation Army Food Bank for three years, ever since they moved to Fort St. John from India in 2019. 

"We are both from India. Our kids are doing their jobs here, and we wanted to learn about culture, about people's behaviour, to learn new things, to serve community," Banwait said. "That’s why we joined. It’s a good experience for us to serve others, to make new friends."

April 18 to 24 is National Volunteer Week, and the Fort St. John Salvation Army has been recognizing its diverse group of volunteers through social media.

Singh and Banwait volunteer Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and are an essential part of the city's food bank.

"It's very neat to see people from different cultures and religions volunteering because we all share the same values: our desire to see that people get hope and help, and are dignified," said Salvation Army Executive Director Jared Braun. 

"(Banwait and Singh) help pack food bins, process food, and they always do it with a smile. It's really exciting."

Whether it's stacking food on shelves, putting food away in coolers, and sorting food at the front desk, Singh and Banwait are very happy to help serve the community. 

"We feel very proud to serve with these amazing guys," said Banwait. "(The Salvation Army) is an amazing mark of kindness and social service, and is a good example of serving others without any profit."

Added Singh, "We are happy to help."

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