Last weekend, on Mar. 31, volunteers from St. Christopher’s took to the streets for Cyclone Aid’s 11th annual food drive with the singular goal to raise as much food and money as possible for the Inn of the Good Shepherd food bank program.
This year, 300 students, school staff, and community members participated in Cyclone Aid 2012 and ambitiously canvassed Sarnia, Bright’s Grove and Point Edward. Together, they successfully raised an impressive 23,030 pounds of non-perishable food and a cash purse of $421.00 that will all be donated to the Inn.
“This food drive is Sarnia’s biggest and the food collected every year is critical to the food bank,” said Inn executive director Myles Vanni.
Vanni recently said that the budget cuts along with the closures of local employment staples NCO, Hiawatha Slots, and the Sarnia jail will take a huge toll on the community and could easily result in up to 1,000 job losses over the next six or eight months.
Vanni added that donations received through Cyclone Aid will, with other regular donations, ease the need well into the summer and is important for laying the foundation for the next few months.