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“Fill the Bus” food drive tops last year’s haul by more than 1,300 lbs.

December 14, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The third annual “Fill the Bus” food drive, hosted by New Tecumseth Fire Rescue, Landmark Transportation, and 92.1 MyFM, took place last Thursday evening in Alliston.

Using two off-duty school buses and one fire truck, organizers collected 1,744 pounds of food and $344 in cash donations for the Good Shepherd Foodbank in just under three hours.

Organized by local fire fighter Terrina Williams and Landmark Manager Sandra Higgins, the event relies on the donations of hours from fire fighters and students from local schools (seeking to fulfill their volunteer hour requirements) as well as donations from the public.

“The Fill the Bus campaign came about as joint venture between Sandy and myself,” said Williams. “We were trying to come up a new idea for getting donations, and this was the result. Fill the Bus is accessible, and meets the needs of the community in a convenient way.”

The food and funds will be distributed through the Good Shepherd, leading up to and throughout the holiday season.

Using two buses this year, the event was bigger than ever, exceeding last year’s haul of 400 pounds of food collected, and branching out to a new subdivision in the north end of town.

“We wanted to include newer residents and developments within our community,” said Williams on the decision to expand.

On the massive collection, Williams shed a few tears, and said, “People always surprise me with donations. Our residents are very generous.”

Advertised by flyers in mailboxes, and through Williams’ Facebook page, the event met with approval from Fire Chief Dan Heydon, who allowed the use of one fire truck from Station 1 Alliston to increase exposure.

The buses were decorated by the participating teens, as well as representatives from Landmark, and finished with signs from Grade 8 students from St. Paul’s Catholic Elementary School.

Although the Fill the Bus event is one night only, Williams says residents can donate any day of the year through collection bins for the Good Shepherd, placed around town.

The bar for next years Fill the Bus has been set high by this years’ haul; a challenge, Williams says, she’s up to. 


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