Millet food bank ‘connecting the chain’ in 2018

Food and toy collection at Holiday Train in Millet Dec. 9

As we head in to the upcoming holiday season filled with family, gifts, and plentiful feasts, it is also a the perfect time to spread the spirit of giving and kindness to those in need. There are many ways that you can incorporate the spirit of the season into your holiday traditions, but here is a place to start:

The Millet Community Food Bank is starting our fundraising campaign for the holiday season and will be “Collecting & Connecting the Millet Food Chain” again this year. Links are being sold at participating businesses around Millet for $5 and we are hoping to reach a goal of raising $8,000 this year.

We are making some big changes at the food bank in order to better serve our community. We are setting up a walk in cooler in order to provide fresh produce, milk and eggs in our hampers. We are also needing to invest money into our kitchen in order to meet Alberta Health Services standards. These changes will be an incredible addition to our food bank, but come at a cost. We have been working hard towards the goal go providing healthier food options in our hampers, and these changes will go a long ways towards helping us reach that goal.

The Millet Community Food Bank is partnering with the Millet Lion’s Christmas Hampers to collect food, toys and funds this year. Please come join us to celebrate the holiday season on Dec. 9 at 6:50 p.m. for the CP Holiday Train’s stop in Millet. This will be the 20th year for the holiday train and we are so very lucky that Millet is one of it’s stops. Terri Clark will be head lining their performance this year, along with Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble. Check out https://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/canada for more information about the holiday train, and to see what’s happening, as well as a holiday playlist they are releasing to celebrate. You can also check out their “Healthy Donations” challenge which fits perfectly with the goal of our food bank. https://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/healthy-donations

Please come down to the Millet parking lot on Hwy. #2A where we will be “stuffing the bus” with food and toys, as well as lighting a tree with the links sold in our Millet Food Chain. We want to give back to the community through hosting an evening of family fun. Join us for some music, bonfires, fire truck tours, and hot chocolate or apple cider while waiting for the holiday train to arrive. We will be doing regular updates as we work towards or financial goal and placing the “food chain” on the tree. Stick around after the train departs for a ceremonial lighting of the tree.

The evening would not be possible without the contributions of many people and groups. We would like to give special thanks to Ron Fengstad, Dick Squires, 387 Entertainment, Prairie Fire Events, Millet Lion’s Club, Millet Fire Department for going over and above for this fabulous community event. We can’t forget the many volunteers who are working behind the scenes to help us celebrate this “season of giving”. Hope to see you there spreading good cheer and kindness.

-Debbie Herman, chair, Millet Community Food Bank

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