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Salvation Army receives $5000 donation from local energy company

New freezer to be bought for growing Site C meal program
surepoint-cheque donation
The Salvation Army's Northern Centre of Hope received a $5000 donation from the Surepoint Group June 6 towards the purchase a new freezer. From left to right are: Centre executive director Jared Braun, Surepoint VP of operations, Kevin Shillito, communication engagement lead Lindsay Friesen, and operations manager Chris Singer.

Fort St. John’s Salvation Army has received a sizeable donation from a local energy services company.

The Surepoint Group presented The Northern Centre of Hope with a $5000 cheque Monday morning.

Part of the money, executive director Jared Braun said, will help to purchase a new freezer.

“We get so many (pre-packaged) meals here from Site C and our transitional housing folks, that are living independently, are trying to do their own meals. We thought how can we get the Site C meals to them?”

By having the freezer, the centre will be able to safely store more prepared foods.

“We have meals that are going to Dr. Kearney middle school. They’re picking up twice a day for students that aren’t getting enough meals or food at home.”

Senior housing complexes, Braun adds, are also on that list.

“This is such a great opportunity for us to help fulfill the food security issue that the Salvation Army has had in the past,” said Lindsay Friesen, Surepoint’s Community Engagement Lead. “I think this is something we’d like to look at doing every year. Find out what their needs are.”