The Millet Fire Department took to the streets in April to spread positivity, and they will be making the rounds again on Dec. 17, 2020 with lights and Christmas music to spread cheer and collect donations for the Millet Food Bank. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

The Millet Fire Department took to the streets in April to spread positivity, and they will be making the rounds again on Dec. 17, 2020 with lights and Christmas music to spread cheer and collect donations for the Millet Food Bank. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

Millet Community Food Bank holding multiple donation initiatives this Christmas

Millet Food Bank has been creative with how to get enough donations this holiday season.

The Millet Community Food Bank is doing its best to collect donations for this holiday season.

“The COVID pandemic has created some challenges for our usual forms of food/fundraising. Our major fundraising efforts happen during the holiday season every year, and the CP Holiday Train our biggest event. It only stops every other year, so the fundraising that it generates for us is something that keeps us going for 2 years,” says Food Bank Manager Debbie Herman.

“The train was scheduled to stop in 2020, so our last large fundraiser was in 2018. Without a stop this year, and the pandemic, our large fundraising opportunity may not happen until 2022. This is a concern for us knowing how much we rely on that fundraiser.”

This year the CP Holiday Train was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, however they had a virtual event available for those who still wanted to enjoy some Christmas cheer and music.

The CP Holiday Train held a virtual concert on Dec. 12, 2020 with performances from Canadian favourites Serena Ryder, The Trews, and Kelly Prescott.

In light of the CP Holiday Train not making its scheduled appearance in Millet, the Food Bank has been creative in their holiday donation initiatives.

One of these initiatives is ‘Light Up Millet’ which will take place the evening of Dec.17, 2020. The Millet Fire Department is partnering with the Millet Food Bank for ‘Light Up Millet’ to collect donations. Between 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 the Millet Fire Department will be lighting up the streets of Millet with lights and music to pick up donations home to home.

“They will be picking up new unwrapped toys, food donations, and reverse advent calendar boxes,” says Herman. “Please have your items in a box or bag for easy pick up at the end of your sidewalk or driveway. Please feel free to say hello from your window or front step, a safe distance away!”

Another one of the Food Bank’s holiday initiatives is their reverse advent calendar.

“We started this ‘giving’ advent calendar on Nov. 25. Instead of receiving a gift, we reversed this tradition to give a gift,” says Herman. “We identified one item each day over 24 days ending on Dec. 18 in time to be distributed with our Christmas Hampers.”

Herman says that it is an option to put their boxes together all at once, and that it isn’t too late to compile one.

However, if none of those donation options work for you Herman says not to worry—collection bins can be found at the Millet Fresh Market, Beef’d Sandwich Bar, Mullin Insurance, Griffith Scott School (for families of students only), and the Millet Community Food Bank during their open hours.

The Millet Food Bank is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

When looking for what to donate, “we are always in need of toiletries, healthy kids snacks, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, juice, pancake mix/syrup, and canned beans,” says Herman.



shaela.dansereau@pipestoneflyer.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

There were six additional deaths across Alberta reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,926 since the beginning of the pandemic. (File photo)
file photo
Wetaskiwin RCMP respond to break and enter and theft at a Wetaskiwin church

RCMP responded to a break and enter and theft at Jesus Cares Fellowship Church.

file photo
County of Wetaskiwin office to re-open Monday April 19, 2021

County of Wetaskiwin is re-opening their office and public works shops to the public on April 19

Dr. Wayne John Edwards, 66, died Tuesday at Chinook Regional Hospital. (Cornerstone Funeral Home)
Lethbridge doctor becomes 7th Alberta health-care worker to die from COVID-19

Dr. Wayne John Edwards, who was 66, died Tuesday at the Chinook Regional Hospital in the southern Alberta city

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

A vial of some of the first 500,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada secured. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio
Canada’s 2nd blood clot confirmed in Alberta after AstraZeneca vaccine

The male patient, who is in his 60s, is said to be recovering

The funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip in Windsor, England, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Philip died April 9 at the age of 99. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
PHOTOS: Prince Philip laid to rest Saturday as sombre queen sits alone

The entire royal procession and funeral took place out of public view within the grounds of Windsor Castle

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

Doses of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine in a freezer trailer, to be transported to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pfizer to increase vaccine deliveries in Canada as Moderna supply slashed

Moderna plans to ship 650,000 doses of its vaccine to Canada by the end of the month, instead of the expected 1.2 million

A empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. The Alberta government says schools in Calgary will move to at-home learning starting Monday for students in grades 7 to 12.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Calgary schools to shift to at-home learning for grades 7 to 12 due to COVID-19

The change, due to COVID-19, is to last for two weeks

A man wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
COVID-19 spike in B.C. could overwhelm B.C. hospitals: modelling group

There are 397 people are in hospital due to the virus, surpassing a previous high of 374 seen in December

Most Read