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Trillium Ford and Alliston Union help to ‘Scare Away Hunger’ in New Tecumseth

November 12, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek
The ME to WE movement is alive in Alliston.
Helping to ‘Scare Away Hunger’ this Hallowe’en, students at Alliston Union Public School, and customers and employees of Trillium Ford Lincoln Ltd., collected more than 1000 non-perishable food items, and $110 cash, during the ME to WE food drive.
The Hallowe’en themed act of kindness was no trick, but a real treat for three not-for-profit agencies that support low-income and homeless residents of New Tecumseth: Our Town Food Bank (serving Tottenham/Beeton), Good Shepherd Foodbank (Alliston), and Out of the Cold. It was also an excellent learning opportunity for students, who incorporated aspects of the food drive into their studies.
A partner of WE, Ford dealers across the nation were matched with schools, and challenged to collect items in support of their local food bank.
Trillium Ford was matched with Alliston Union, and Grade 6 students made quick work of collecting food and spreading the word. Posters were made, and boxes were filled. Proudly, students gave their time and energy to make this year’s food drive a success, under direction from their teacher, Natalie Clinton.
Using ‘Frank the Can’, a visual aid similar to the holiday ‘Elf on the Shelf’, students took pictures for social media daily, as a reminder that there was still time to donate.
In the end, two Trillium Ford F-150’s were filled, and the cash and food was delivered following a photo op at the school, on Monday, November 6th.
Food that had expired, or that was severely damaged, was donated to Silver Willow Animal Sanctuary and Rescue Farm, to help feed surrendered and rescued horses, goats, pigs and other animals, throughout the winter months.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank, open Monday afternoons, received the cash as well as a portion of the food.
Our Town got the bulk of the food, as the little food bank supports more than 110 families monthly, and is in constant need of donations.
Out of the Cold, located on Paris Street, Alliston, provides safe, respectful and welcoming overnight accommodations, as well as hot meals for those experiencing homelessness from November through April.
In Alliston there is a rise in requests for housing help and lack of affordable housing. As such, Out of the Cold received the majority of the breakfast foods, to help ensure shelter users get a good start to the day.
With the discovery of  large homeless youth population in the area, other businesses are also pitching in.
Clothz Alliston, will host a charity event for Out of the Cold on Thursday, November 16th.
“We will be offering store wide sales, snacks, beverages, free gift with purchase and a silent auction where 100 per cent of the proceeds will got to Alliston Out of the Cold,” said Carleigh M., owner of Clothz. “We will also be launching our ‘Out of the Cold’ toques campaign. For every toque sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to Alliston Out of the Cold.”
“We are so proud of the students and staff at Alliston Union, as well as our own customers and friends, for making such generous donations to the We Scare Hunger food drive,” said Eric Vant Spyker, General Manager at Trillium Ford Lincoln Ltd. Alliston. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome of this fundraiser, and we hope our success will encourage others to support the local food banks throughout the year, and not just at the holidays.”
Alliston Union will host a second food drive before the holidays.

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