They say a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, and if that’s the case then some of the strongest community links must be in Millet and area.
The town and surrounding area recently supported the “Millet Food Chain” campaign, a charity event held across town to raise money for both the Millet Community Food Bank and Millet Lions Club hamper program. The gist of the drive was that for every $5 donated to the campaign, donors could write their name on a colourful Christmas paper chain link; all the chain links were then collected and displayed at events like the CP Holiday Train Dec. 7.
The campaign had a goal of $8,000, and progress thermometers were set up around town to let everyone know how close the campaign was to its goal.
Food bank chair Debbie Herman said volunteers did some collecting around town Dec. 22, and it looked like, with some stragglers, the total raised would be at least $6,380.
“I would say we would be safe to say $6,400,” said Herman by phone Dec. 22, noting the campaign was to be wrapped up the next day. She added that $3,000 was later presented to the Millet Lions hamper chair Audrey Smith.
Herman stated the campaign didn’t reach its goal, but she said volunteers worked very hard and the community was very generous. She also noted that even though the chain campaign was a bit short, other donations outside the campaign were received, such as the holiday train donation and the Christmas in the Country concert.
The concert donated $2,000 to the food bank. “We’re pretty excited about that,” said Herman.
She also stated that the holiday train event gathered 685 kg of food donations, which was roughly split in half for the food bank and Lions hampers.
Herman noted that both the food bank and Lions Club knew the economy was down this year, but people’s generous spirit seemed to be just as powerful.
“Both organizations want everyone to know that even though the demand was up, so were the donations,” stated Herman in an email.
“Despite not reaching our financial goal the community of Millet stepped up when the need was presented and gave generously of funds, food and toys to this campaign.”