Last Monday morning, over 40 volunteers showed up at the community hall to help sort through all the donated food collected during this year’s Christmas Bureau food drive. “We had to turn away some people,” said Dave Bennett, a coordinator for the bureau. Chairman Barry Gifford said they had a callout for about 20 but extras showed up at 8 a.m. to help, not that he had any complaints. “More hands make things go faster,” he said. On Tuesday, 320 turkeys were delivered along with 25 full hams and 144 quarter-hams to be added to hampers that were assembled for Sooke’s less fortunate families.
Quinn, 12, was deciding where to put a box of chocolate biscuits on Monday while sorting through all the donated food. He has been volunteering with his family every year since he was three-years-old.