The Fort St. John Huskies, with the help of community supporters and volunteers, were back on the streets yesterday, going door to door to collect food for the Huskies Fill the Bus charity fundraiser.
The event, now in its 21st year, brought in even more food than last year, as the Salvation Army is expecting to fill up 150 hampers compared to the 136 a season ago.
“This food drive is great because it gets our community talking to each other about the important issue of food security. These players are going door to door talking about the food bank and the need. What better way to get a lot of people having the same conversation on the same day,” said Cameron Eggie, executive director of The Salvation Army in Fort St. John.
The food drive had 60 volunteers and minor hockey players help out, in addition to the Huskies players and executive.
“I think we’ll have more food than last year. It’s for a good cause and it’s nice to be able to help out the community — the people are pretty thankful and they like to see us come around each year,” said Huskies player Aiden Tegart, who participated in his third Fill the Bus.
Helping to make this year’s food drive such a success were the Burgher family — Paul, Mollie and Teri — who donated two truckloads of food, the students at Alwin Holland Elementary School, and a large cash donation by corporate sponsors.
“As usual, the community was extremely generous in their donations to the Salvation Army food bank,” said Fill The Bus organizer Allen Karasiuk.
Eggie, who came to Fort St. John just prior to the 2017 Fill the Bus, said he was surprised and impressed that the Huskies have been doing this event for more than 20 years.
“Us here at the food bank have really come to rely on this wonderful donation at such an important part of the year,” Eggie said.
On the ice, the Huskies are coming off a 4-2 win over the Fairview Flyers, and have a busy three-game week ahead of them. The team is in Sexsmith to take on the Vipers this Wednesday, before playing the first-place Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, who are five points ahead of the Huskies, in a home and home series, starting Saturday, Dec. 8 in Fort St. John.
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