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Sooke students stocking food bank shelves

10,000 Tonight initiative seeks cash donations
NEW CUTLINE A previous initiative by Edward Milne Community School students underlines how the shift to cash donations only 10,000 Tonight allows to the Sooke Food Bank to triple its purchasing power. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Students from Edward Milne Community School will be out in festive force for their final effort to assist the food bank this year.

Students collect cash donations during the evening at various storefronts and locations in Sooke until Dec. 8 as part of the annual EMCS 10,000 Tonight initiative.

The switch to cash-only donations for the past few years is at the request of the Sooke Food Bank, said EMCS teacher Laura Verhoeven, who works with students from the school’s leadership class.

“The demand is so high this year, and cash donations allow the food bank to purchase fresh produce, meat, and dairy, which ups the nutritional value of what they can provide,” she sai

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Donors can bid on great items on the EMCS 10,000 Tonight’s online auction Facebook Page.

“Our students do all the work and they’re really passionate about volunteering to help the community, especially at this time of the year,” Verhoeven noted.

Verhoeven credited Grade 12 students Tori Whiteson, Finn Unger, and Annabella McTaggart for their dedication in planning and organizing the two-week fundraising initiative, one of several the leadership class conducts throughout the school yea

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