Sooke high school holds third annual 10,000 Tonight food drive

Donations can be dropped off at Village Foods, SEAPARC, Stick in the Mud coffeehouse, and EMCS

Get in the spirit of giving with EMCS students and the Sooke Food Bank at the third annual 10,000 Tonight food drive on Dec. 13.

“This is a very important event because Christmas is the time of year when the food bank needs the most help,” said EMCS Grade 12 student Ella Constandinou, an organizer for the food drive.

Donations of non-perishable foods or money can be dropped off at EMCS, Stick in the Mud coffeehouse, Village Foods, and SEAPARC prior to the event, but students will be going around town on the night of the 13th picking up donations as well.

Constandinou added that those who are not around on the 13th but would still like to donate can just leave their bag of non-perishables on their doorstep and the volunteers will pick it up as they make their way around.

There is also a donation box at Village Foods that people are welcome to give money to, as the food bank gets good deals on food at the local grocery stores.

Last year, EMCS collected approximately 11,300 items of food, and this year students are aiming to beat that record, as well as raise more than Belmont and Royal Bay secondary schools do.

“We’ve got some friendly competition going with the two other schools which is a lot of fun, and great because it’s for a really awesome cause,” said Constandinou.

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at EMCS and everyone is welcome to come and help out.

“I can’t wait to see the shelves at the food bank go from completely bare to fully stocked. For me, that’s the most special part about the event,” said Constandinou. “It’s a really fun thing to do at Christmas and brings the community closer together.”

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