The Millet and area community is coming together to help two local service groups at once.
This holiday season, Millet and area will be offering the “Collect & Connect the Millet Food Chain” campaign to benefit the Millet Lions Club Christmas hamper program and the Millet Food Bank, with coordination and help from the Town of Millet.
Food bank chair Debbie Herman dropped by The Pipestone Flyer Nov. 9 to describe a bit about how this new effort will work. She said holiday-colored paper “chain links” will be available at local participating partners, and for a donation of $5 for each link, supporters can write their names or the names of a loved one on the chains (organizers will drop by to pick up donations). The paper chains will then be displayed at each participating partner especially at a special event Dec. 7.
“This year the CP Holiday Train will be stopping in Millet on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:50 p.m.,” stated Herman in a press release. “At that time we will be connecting all of the links sold and wrapping them around the school bus that will house all of the donated food from that night. During that event we will announce an up-to-date running total of links sold.”
She noted organizers hope to have all the paper links ready to go that night, but paper links will also be there that night for sale.
Herman said organizers of the “Collect & Connect Millet” have set a goal of $8,000, which is 1,600 paper links that run about 400 feet. Four progress thermometers will be set up around Millet to let the community know how close they’re getting to the goal.
Herman stated everyone knows the economy is down and many people can’t afford to donate much, but that also means there’s more demand than ever for services like food bank and Xmas hampers. She noted businesses or organizations that can’t afford to donate could sell paper links out of their stores, could host a special event to collect toys or food, could volunteer on Dec. 7 while the train is in Millet or challenge other businesses or organizations to match or beat your donation.
As most people are aware, the recession in Alberta has caused a lot of hardship for those working in the oil patch, which has been passed on to other businesses that rely on oil patch business. Many people have been forced to go to the food bank, and donations to programs like “Collect & Connect Millet” help those in need.
Paper chain links are available at The Pipestone Flyer and many other locations in Millet. A complete list of locations will be in the next edition of The Pipestone Flyer.
The campaign will run until the goal is reached. For more information contact Herman at 780-387-2214.