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School raises

$2,065 for

Food Bank

by Deanna Mitchener
Parkland Composite High School students raised over $2,065 along with boxes of non-perishable food
Parkland Composite High School made a items for the Edson Food Bank. photo Deanna Mitchener
sizable donation to the Edson Food Bank of
$2,065, plus donations of food on December Parkland Lodge seniors receive gift donation
21, 2017. by Deanna Mitchener faces of the seniors when they get that money at
Teacher Ms. Jan Wiens, said, "Student Christmas. When we first started doing this about
council over the past few years has donated to Parkland Lodge Auxiliary is always in need of four years ago, some of the ladies were hugging me
either the Kinettes or the Food Bank. This year volunteers and sponsors to help with the seniors that and crying. Some of the women who never worked
it was decided that we would still give that live there. TransCanada Pipeline has been donating at outside the home had never gotten a cheque or
option but we would also ask students to run a Christmas time for many years, to help with the were able to claim CPP, so this time of year is
Coins for Christmas Campaign with all coins Christmas gifts each senior receives. This year Dion pretty special to all our seniors. On behalf of the
going towards the Edson Food Bank." Drader with TransCanada Pipeline was happy to Auxiliary and our seniors we are thankful for this
"Our philosophy was that being teens, present a cheque for $2,000 to the Lodge Auxiliary. donation."
sometimes it is easier carrying a little loose President of the Auxiliary Ivan Strang said, "This means a lot for the community and it means
change than it is carrying cans of food from "Christmas is always a big time of year for our a lot for TransCanada Pipelines to be a part of the
home. Classes challenged each other to see seniors. With 67 residents at the Lodge this year, we community," said Dion Drader, Controls
who could raise the most money. We surpassed are looking at $6,700 in cash as each resident receives Technician and Community Action Team with
our goal. Our goal was originally to raise $100 for Christmas. This donation of $2,000 will TransCanada Pipelines.
$1,000, we came up with that number from our really help towards that cause. It really lights up the
student body; 400 times two dollars we were
hoping to raise $1,000. So to reach the $2,065
was very overwhelming and we are very proud
of our students," said Wiens.
"We started on December 5 and only
collected on Tuesdays and Thursdays because
of the way our school timetable works. So this
was done in just six days," said Wiens.
Gary Kearse with the Edson Food Bank,
said, "January is going to be very busy at the
Food Bank. With Christmas and people buying
gifts and going over their budget we seem to
be much busier in January."
"Edson and Yellowhead County have really
supported the Food Bank and been very
generous. We appreciate that so much, and the
families in need of a little extra help are very photo Deanna Mitchener
appreciative too. Families all want to be like
everyone else and buy gifts for their family On December 19, members of Parkland Lodge Auxiliary accepted a donation of $2,000 from TransCanada
Pipelines. Seen here is Gerrie Clery, Nellie Chapman, Marj Kearse, Ivan Strang with the Lodge, along with
and friends. And where does that extra money Dion Drader with TransCanada Pipe Lines, and Carol McClintock and Carol Blum.
come from? The money towards their food,"
said Kearse.
"There is a lot of pride in the community and
some feel they shouldn't be accessing the Food F
Bank. But that is why we are here, to help
those that need just that little extra from time
to time. We are not here to judge and
everything is confidential. We ourselves could $1195/month. 1195/month.
be in need one day. We never know, so it is
always good to stay positive and help each
other," said Kearse.
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