Local church gathers food for Thanksgiving food drive

A local church collected food last week in preparation for Thanksgiving by distributing and then collecting bags from homes in the Terrace area.

(left to right) Food drive co-ordinators Norma Bohle

(left to right) Food drive co-ordinators Norma Bohle

A local church collected food last week in preparation for Thanksgiving by distributing and then collecting bags from homes in the Terrace area.

The Church of jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Terrace B.C. organized the food drive in conjunction with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, collecting an estimated 1,800 kilograms of non-perishable food items from local homes said Norma Bohle, one of the co-ordinators.

“People were so generous,” she said. “It was wonderful.”

About 40 volunteers distributed bags around the community from Monday through Wednesday last week, each with an attached flyer explaining the food drive’s mission.

On that flyer were also instructions for how to donate. Residents were to place bags on their door steps ready for pickup last Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers then circled back to their distribution routes to pick up the bags.

Bohle said what they found surprised her.

“Some of the houses…there’d be three bags, and boxes. It was phenomenal,” she said.

While this marks the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive’s third anniversary, this year is Terrace’s first time participating.

Currently, 40 communities across the province take part.