Local residents ‘awesome’

Editor, The News:

To the residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows:

You might have noticed Saturday morning a slow-moving vehicle driving down your street and a couple of people putting plastic bags full of food into its trunk that they picked up from your neighbours’ doorsteps.

They were just a few of the 146 volunteers who took part in the first annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive in our area. As one of the organizers of the event, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to all the residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for opening up their pantries and giving so generously.

The results of this event exceeded everyone’s expectations in so many ways. The 146 volunteers put in more than 250 hours to visit close to 4,000 homes. All together, approximately 6,000 pounds of food were donated to the Friends In Need Food Bank.

The same food drive took place in communities throughout the Lower Mainland and across B.C., bringing in 250,000 pounds of food.

The residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows showed they cared about the social issue of hunger by responding so generously, filling up the bags that were left on their doorsteps a few days prior to the pickup date. With such a positive outpouring of kindness in this first year, we look forward to even greater participation with both volunteers and donations in the future. Thanks again, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. You are awesome.

Peggy and Mark Lehikoinen

BCT Food Drive