The Shelburne & District Firefighters Association has completed its 11th annual toy and food drive fundraiser.
Firefighters from the local fire department braved the cold and snow last Saturday (December 18) as they collected food and toy donations at their latest event outside of Foodland.
“The community was phenomenal,” said Mike Morrell, coordinator of the annual fundraising event and captain of the Shelburne and District Fire Department. “Everything went very well and we were finally able to help two organizations. ”
Speaking to Free Press, Morrell praised the kindness of community partners and residents who helped raise donations during the month-long campaign.
“To see this community support to help those who need help and to be able to give it back is a great feeling,” said Morrell.
Each year the Shelburne and District Fire Department Food and Toy Drive fundraiser collects food donations for the Shelburne Food Bank, Shepherd’s Cupboard, as well as toys and gift cards for Dufferin Children & Family Services (DCAFS).
Jennifer Moore, executive director of DCAFS, said about 300 families this year will receive some type of support through gift cards or toys.
“Many families have to choose between paying rent and buying food, let alone buying extra items during the holiday season. These donations, especially gift cards, go a long way in helping families meet basic needs and keep their children enjoying the holiday season, ”said Moore. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who gave of their time and everyone who donated – you really made a difference in the well-being of our community. ”
Donated items specific to DCAFS were collected by the organization on December 20 for delivery to families in time for the holidays.
Food items will be donated to Shepherd’s Cupboard in the New Year when the local food bank reopens.