Food drive, thrift store re-opening in support of Salvation Army

There are two events in Fort St. John this weekend in support of the Salvation Army.

A fall food drive will take place at Save-On Foods to drum up donations on non-perishable food for the food bank. Pre-packaged bags of food will be available for customers to purchase and donate, and volunteers will be on site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a Red Kettle to drum up monetary donations.

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"We are fortunate to receive many perishable donations, but dry goods are low this season," said Cameron Eggie, executive director. "The community can also donate financially to the Food Bank for the purchase of butchered meat. "

The Salvation Army will also host a grand re-opening of its thrift store on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All surplus from the store keeps the Community & Family Services/Food Bank program running, Eggie said.

"Without a successful store, the Food Bank could not remain open," he said.

"We have been making improvements to the store to attract new customers; its a win-win, great new-to-you clothing items and you're keeping the Food Bank operating."

A free family barbecue is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., pending city approval.

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