Updated carol helps food bank

NANAIMO: Coastal Community Credit Union decided 12 days of Christmas is not long enough.

The human resources department at Coastal Community Credit Union decided 12 days of Christmas is not long enough to make a true difference in the lives of many community members.

They extended it to 12 weeks and set the lofty goal of raising 226 kilograms of food for Nanaimo’s Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank.

The campaign is at the halfway mark, and while the giving season is in its early stages, the department has raised more than 122 kg so far.

This is just one of the many ways Coastal Community employees contribute to building healthier communities across the Island.

“I’m gratified to work among caring individuals who strive to make a real difference in our community and who inspire others to give,” says Deborah Edwards, associate vice-president of human resources. “They have a real desire to help those in need.”

Each week, a different list of items is suggested for people to donate through a new version of the 12 Days of Christmas carol.

Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes executive director, expressed his gratitude that employees at Coastal Community were starting early to help ensure the food bank will have enough food for the holiday season and into the new year.

“We are very appreciative of the ongoing support we receive from Coastal Community, and this time of year, it is so critical so we can ensure happy holidays for the people we serve,” he said. “Coastal Community’s commitment to the work of Loaves and Fishes allows us to meet the needs of the 3,000 people who come through our doors every month.”

To make a donation, please come to Coastal Community’s office on the second floor at 59 Wharf St. in downtown Nanaimo.