The Downtown Maple Ridge BIA and Ancient Burials, a funeral services business in Maple Ridge, teamed up with Celebrate the Night during Halloween to raise money and non-perishable food for the Friends In Need Food Bank.                                 (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

The Downtown Maple Ridge BIA and Ancient Burials, a funeral services business in Maple Ridge, teamed up with Celebrate the Night during Halloween to raise money and non-perishable food for the Friends In Need Food Bank. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Donations A-Plenty for the Maple Ridge food bank

The Downtown Maple Ridge BIA and Ancient Burials teamed up to raise donations for the Friends In Need Food Bank.

Colleen Flanagan

cflanagan@mapleridgenews.com

Ancient Burials teamed up with the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association to support the local food bank at the recent Trick and Treasure event in Memorial Peace Park.

The funeral services company set up a hearse and a coffin for display on Oct. 28 where people were invited to drop off non-perishable food items and financial donations.

Families also enjoyed free face-painting, a photo booth, games and the treasure hunt through the downtown core.

“We are a newer business, a funeral home, and we thought this time of the year was an appropriate one to share a bit about what we do and present our vehicle and equipment in an appropriate manner,” said owner and licensed undertaker Zane Green.

Donation totals were added to totals from Scarecrows-A-Plenty, a BIA initiative where downtown businesses decorated scarecrows in support of the Friends In Need Food Bank.

This year, 40 business in downtown Maple Ridge took part in Scarecrows-A-Plenty and raised 555 kilograms of non-perishable food and $15,330 in cash for the local food bank. A total of 450 customers cast their ballots for their favourite scarecrows.

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services collected the most food donations at 126 kg and Maple Ridge Orthodontics the most cash donations with $1,200.

PosAbilities, Arista Dental Clinic and Dance FX were voted the best-decorated scarecrows, based on the amount of ballots they received.

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