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Organizers of the Thanksgiving Food Drive at Southland Church expect to give hundreds of hampers away during the 15th annual event, despite it looking very different than past years.
Organizer and Seniors Ministry Pastor Grace Hiebert said in the past thousands of people would attend for free food hampers and clothing, thanks to the work of about 2,000 volunteers.
"Because of COVID we aren’t able to do that safely," she said.
The clothing giveaway will not be part of the food hamper event this year, but will instead become a Community Clothing Closet, that will be open two days per week on an ongoing basis. That will launch later this month.
However, the food component is still very much alive and on Friday, Oct. 16 from noon to 7 p.m, the Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held at the southwest corner of Southland Church in Steinbach.
Hiebert said hampers have been created thanks to donations of food, bags donated by Canadian Tire and chips donated by La Cocina Foods.
"People can drive by or walk by," Hiebert explained. "We collect donations from our own people here and we just want to give back to the people in our community."
"Our goal is to show love to one another as God has loved us," she explained in a Tuesday press release. "We want the people in our communities to know that we care for them."
While it was apparent this year’s event would have to look different than past events, Hiebert said they were determined to put something together.
"We never entertained the thought of not doing something, because people have a lot to give and people have a lot of needs and so we can meld the two together and people can serve and contribute and people can get the things they need for their families," she said.
The event started out 15 years ago as an in-church event, and Hiebert said it’s grown over the years.
"It’s an opportunity for people to bless other people and it’s a huge honour to be able to do that," she said.
Hiebert said there are many organizations taking care of those in need in the area.
"We’re not here to try to compete with anybody, we just want to give what we can to other people who need it," she said.