Tomorrow (Nov. 14) residents can fill their tummies and Christmas hampers with food at the same time.
The fifth annual ‘Help Big Boys Toys Fill This Motor Home with Food’ campaign kicks off tomorrow with a community food drive barbecue.
In exchange for a non-perishable food donation to the food drive, participants will receive a hot dog, chips and pop. Any cash donations will be applied to food purchases for the food drive efforts.
The barbecue event is sponsored by local air compressor manufacturer Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors, and will be held at their 1333 Kipp Rd. location, at 11 a.m.
The public is encouraged to get into the spirit of giving. The business or organization that delivers the largest food donation during the VMAC event will receive a ‘swag bag’ of goodies valued at $100 and there will also be prizes for notable individual donations.
The campaign is now in its fifth year and looking to up its donations to 15,000 pounds of food, along with cash donations. From Nov. 14 to Dec. 13, the Big Boys Toys motorhome will make appearances at Quality Foods locations, and other businesses and events from Parksville to Nanaimo, collecting as much food as possible before the hand-off on Dec. 14.
In 2011, 11,500 pounds of food were donated to the Salvation Army and Loaves and Fishes food bank.
For more information, please call Lurene Haines at 250-740-3200 or Larry Polnick at 250-468-1500.