Beef dip Fundraiser: another tasty success

The 3rd annual fundraiser held on Oct. 17, brought a good crowd out to the Fort St. James Secondary School gym.

  • Oct. 21, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Gwen Andrews prepares donated knitted goods.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

The delicious scent of beef dip lingered through the Fort St. James Secondary School gymnasium as people gathered to have a taste in support of the local food bank.

The 3rd annual fundraiser, held on Oct. 17, brought out a good crowd. Young and old came as dedicated foodbank volunteers scrambled to get the mouth-watering meal under way.

As people entered, they were greeted with door prize tickets. Loonie table tickets were available and were very popular among those who attended.

Tickets could also be purchased for the auction held after the meal. Many items were up for grabs including crafts, prints, and various household items.

Gwen Andrews, president of the Stuart Lake Outreach Program, was hopeful for a good turnout. The meal was served to anyone willing to donate whatever they could and in turn, were able to enjoy a most delectable dinner.

“The program relies entirely on donations,” Andrews said. “Without donations, we couldn’t survive,” she said.

The Fort St. James Food Bank, located at St. Patrick’s Anglican Church, serves 300 individuals and families in the area.

The soup kitchen is also open every Tuesday and Thursday. Various groups take their turn running the kitchen including volunteers from Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and a group, Camp Living Water, led by Pastor Larry Keestra.

“We still need a group to help out one Thursday a month,” Andrews said. “We rely on our volunteers and we can always use more,” she said.

A table with warm knitted goods was also available. Anyone could purchase an item by donation.  The goods were donated by the Dorics Society in Saltsprings, B.C. who regularly make and donate goods to Northern Churches in B.C.

Just before people began sinking their teeth into the tasty beef dip, Pastor Larry Keestra began with grace and thanked everyone for attending. “Bless our food, our fellowship, our time together tonight and enjoy your dinner,” Keestra said.

And enjoy, everyone did. As Keestra raised his guitar, he sang and strummed while dinner was enjoyed by all.

A sense of community filled the air as everyone, listened, enjoyed and ate for a good cause.

“You are giving to something that is very important,” Keestra said.

If you would like to donate or volunteer please call: (250) 567-6744.

 

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

B.C. Health Minister announces plan for new hospital in Terrace

“This means more beds, a level three trauma centre, better surgery and better care,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said.

B.C. Family Day to move to third week in February next year

Premier John Horgan said the move is to better align the holiday with businesses and families

B.C. to increase minimum wage to $15.20/hour in 2021

Premier John Horgan says next increase will come in June

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canada rounds out Day 11 earning gold in 2 more events

Comox Valley’s Cassie Sharpe and fan-favourites Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir all earned golds

Trudeau announces two-way $1 billion investment deal with India

Some of India’s biggest companies to invest more than $250 million in Canada in the coming years

’60s Scoop group educates survivors, pushes rejection of federal settlement

Federal government’s compensation proposal includes $50 million for an Indigenous Healing Foundation

As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

At the box office, inclusion is paying — and often, it’s paying off big time

Washington senator wants B.C. to follow suit and phase out net-pen fish farms

An American ban will be less effective in the shared ecosystem of the Salish Sea, senator says

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

Most Read