The community continues to pull through for those in need in Lloydminster. The Goat’s annual Christmas Convoy raised over $34,000 in cash and food donations for both the Salvation Army food bank and The Olive Tree.
The Goat, Salvation Army and Olive Tree staff and volunteers were posted at food stores across Lloydminster, Vermilion and Wainwright accepting donations. The combined donations will keep 219 people fed and supported for more than 500 days.
Major Bond Jennings with the Salvation Army says the food will go a long way as they expect more people to be accessing the food bank this year.
“We’re seeing ten new people on a weekly basis. This year, we’re close to 100 more hampers compared to last year. We’re at 307 plus families and 450 plus hampers right now and we still have individuals calling asking for assistance.”
Jennings says the donations usually lasts through the holidays before they need to restock in February.
“With all the other food drives coming in, we’re hoping to get to the end of February with the resources we have.”
Jennings is thankful for the support coming from the community which will go a long way in helping people who aren’t able to afford daily meals.
“We want to thank the Goat Christmas Convoy for their participation again this year. We appreciate all that the Goat does and all the other organizations that are holding events for the Salvation Army food bank this year.”
Donations can be made to the Salvation Army and Olive Tree year-round.