The Tribune/Weekend Advisor’s annual Food and Toy Drive was another huge success last Saturday.
In two-and-a-half hours Saturday a steady stream of people brought toys and gifts for children and teens and bags of non-perishable food to help the Salvation Army make Christmas a little brighter for families in need this year.
Three Cariboo GM trucks loaned for the occasion were overflowing with donations when the Williams Lake Midget Rep Timberwolves came with their donations and to help unload the trucks at the Salvation Army.
“It was another overwhelming success once again,” says Tribune/Weekend Advisor publisher Kathy McLean.
“I was touched by the support the citizens of Williams Lake gave to our annual food and toy drive and the generosity of our business community in supporting the event.”
Salvation Army Cpt. Ben Lippers was equally impressed. He said that by their count there were more toys and food donations than last year and a total of $700 in cash donated during the event.
In exchange for their donations, people took an envelope off the Christmas tree which was exchanged for a gift donated by a local business.
The prize envelopes on the Christmas tree this year included gift certificates donated by no less than 47 local businesses.
Donors also entered a draw for grand prizes donated by local businesses.
Bev Straza won two round-trip tickets to Vancouver donated by Pacific Coastal Airlines.
Amanda May won the service certificate donated by Williams Lake Honda. William Elkins won the rolling maple kitchen cart island donated by Allcraft Kitchen En’ Counters.