$ 35,000 raised to help feed Moose Jaw
The Better Together Food Drive hosted by Hillcrest Church is an annual event that typically collects food donations over Halloween weekend to donate to the Moose Jaw Food Bank.
Last weekend’s food drive looked a little different. Usually the church would recruit volunteers to go house to house on Halloween weekend to collect non-perishable food donations. However, safety was a big concern with the pandemic. So Hillcrest Church decided to ask the community for donations by check online and by mail. They set a price target of $ 50,000.
“People gave all week leading up to the weekend because we had communicated the information to households the week before. So people knew how they could give and they had already started giving, then over the weekend. end, we’ve certainly seen that number increase as well, ”says Daycee Richardson, Better Together coordinator.
At the end of the weekend, the total donation was just over $ 35,000. However, Richardson is still confident of hitting the $ 50,000 goal, as late checks typically arrive within two weeks of the weekend.
A large donation that was made came from Casino Moose Jaw because they promised to match the first $ 10,000 donated and they kept that promise.
Donations will all go to the Moose Jaw Food Bank, which will be used to purchase food for the baskets it distributes to the public. The food bank usually serves about 950 people per month and many of them are families with young children. The money donated from this food drive will help the food bank serve at least 1/3 of these people.
Hillcrest Church and the Moose Jaw Food Bank are extremely grateful for all donations made to help the community.