Nanaimo Daily News
Friday, December 11, 2015
The 13th Annual Give & Go event was a rousing success.
Vehicles from individuals and businesses streamed through the Daily News parking lot Wednesday in Nanaimo, dropping off enough donations to fill a Salvation Army truck and another van.
Event organizer Cathy Webster says she co-ordinates the event to fill a need in the community.
“At this time of the year if you’re not able to provide for your family it can be extremely stressful and I believe this event does alleviate this for some families in our community,” she said. “The event runs on a zero budget and only made possible because of the businesses generosity, without them there would be no Give & Go.”
Dawne Anderson of the Salvation Army said more than 6,000 pounds of food was donated, valued at $14,600, as well as $2,300 in cash donations.
“The generosity of all the donors this year is huge for (Hamperville). There are over 2,000 hampers, this will go a long way to help fill those bags,” Anderson said.
Some of the major donors to this year’s Give & Go included Canadian Tire with $2,000 worth of food, St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse with a pallet of canned goods and Steve Marshall Ford with their annual assistance and generosity.
V3 Media provided the Christmas music for the event.