Students from the FSJSS Student Council (in bus) are going to be trying to “fill the bus” with donations for this year’s Christmas Food and Toy Drive. The students will be working with the local Rotary Club who are taking over the drive for this year. Joan Burdeniuk (front left) from the Rotary Club stands next to Jhenipher Bridgeman

Fill the bus

FSJSS Student Council begins their Food and Toy Drive campaign

The Fort St. James Secondary School (FSJSS) Student Council is once again helping families this Christmas.

This year’s council have begun a campaign to help the Fort St. James Rotary Club with the annual Christmas Food and Toy Drive, something student councils of the past have made an annual tradition.

The student campaign will be canvassing for food bank or toy donations to fill up a school bus for the event.

On Dec. 6 and 7 the bus will be driving to area homes with students requesting donations.

The bus will also be in the Santa Claus Parade and then parked in town for Midnight Madness to continue donation collection.

The students will then be delivering the items to the collection point at the old Integris Credit Union location, and helping to deliver the Christmas hampers to members of the community on Dec. 16.

Families or singles who may need a hamper can fill out an application at the government agent office, the Ministry of Children and Families office or the Nak’azdli Band office. Friends of people who could use a hamper can also nominate someone else for a Christmas hamper, and are encouraged to do so if they think a person or family would be reluctant to ask for help for themselves, said Joan Burdeniuk of the Rotary Club.

The student council is made up of Grades 8-12 and each year organizes fun events and different fundraisers for the students as well as the food and toy drive. Jhenipher Bridgeman, a youth worker at the school, is working with the student council on their campaign, and anyone interested in donating can contact her at FSJSS.