We just wanted to share an amazing day, December 19, 2020, with you.
Our local residents who requested hampers from the food bank arrived at prearranged times. Each recipient had a handy male volunteer to take items to their vehicles.
There were 3 stations at the food bank:
- Door #1 Recipients got their dry goods, vegetables and envelopes/cards– and a smile.
- Door #2 Recipients were presented with gift bags for the children (No toys were handed by the food bank) and their breads, rolls/buns and baked treats. This door was also where the music came from and was run by two teenagers.
- Door #3 Recipients picked up their turkey/ham, bacon, eggs, margarine and milk. Then they were wished a Merry Christmas.
There was enough in their hampers for Breakfast on Christmas Morning and Christmas Dinner!
If they signed up for donations from the toy run, (and some folks did not sign up, the food bank still provided the children and ages to the toy run, and submitted their information without a request from the parent. We think the parents were just as surprised as their children were!), the recipients were advised to go over to the OAP hall where they were provided with bags containing gifts for all the children in their care. Again they were all wished a Merry Christmas.
The last person who picked up their children’s gifts at the OAP hall made us realize why we do this, as she was so grateful for the bags of toys given to her, as well as one special gift that her younger children will definitely love.
We were even able to help an additional Lumby family two days before Christmas by providing them with a food hamper and toys too.
Thank you to the people of Lumby and Area D for being so giving and caring to your neighbours.
We would also like to share a special thank you from the residents of Falkland, as they saw the pictures at the Lumby Food Bank of all the stuff collected, and one of their residents advised that Falkland does not have a food bank. Thank goodness we had some extra food and toys, as we were able to supply a few seniors and a couple of families in Falkland with some Christmas Food Hampers and some toys for the families.
A special thank you to all the organizations (the OAP Hall, the Lumby Food Bank, Lumby Teens Count Too, the Lumby Lions, the Lumby Museum, the Lumby Firefighters, the Lumby Police Department, Cooper (and Jerry) and many more), who helped this happen. Also, thank you to the Snak Shac, Ace Hardware, Fields, Sisters and the Rusty Spur for having our collection boxes at your places of business.