Driving force Student council members and other  volunteers helped out with the annual Drive-Thru Food Drive at Maple Ridge secondary on Thursday. By all accounts

Driving force Student council members and other volunteers helped out with the annual Drive-Thru Food Drive at Maple Ridge secondary on Thursday. By all accounts

Maple Ridge coat, food drives thrive

MRSS students collect more than 1,500 items of food for Friends in Need.

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association Coats for Kids program in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows collected enough coats to fill two SUVs.

The back and passenger seats of both were filled with bags of coats, blankets, hats and gloves.

Celebrating 20 years strong, the ‘20 Days of Giving’ Coats for Kids campaign started Friday, Nov. 13 and ran until Dec. 2.

At Maple Ridge secondary, student council members and volunteers helped out with the annual Drive-Thru Food Drive on Thursday.

They then headed out in the rain again on Saturday, going door-to-door collecting more donations.

Combined, they collected 1,787 non-perishable food items and $110.25 in cash.