With Christmas just around the corner, the Fort St. James Toy and Food Drive are busy receiving donations from various community members who want to lend a hand during this festive season.
CUPE Local 4177 is one of the members who want to help make a difference for those in need in the community. A cheque of $250 was donated to the Drive.
Harjit Birdi, shop steward representative for CUPE presented the cheque to Toy and Food Drive organizer, Jasmine Lakusta.
“It’s great that there is awareness and that many people are part of this. We are glad to be a part of this,” Birdi said.
Birdi, who also works at Fort St. James Secondary School as an educational assistant, is happy to represent and advocate for CUPE members who have any issues.
There are approximately 60 CUPE members in Fort St James including Fort St. James Secondary School and David Hoy Elementary School.
Lakusta is thrilled with the donation and with all of the community support received so far. “Everyone’s been so supportive. We’re really thankful to those who have donated,” Lakusta said.
For Birdi, it is all about helping as a community. “It’s such a good cause. To help bring a smile to a child’s face, that’s what it’s all about.”