Fort St. James Toy and Food Drive: seeking volunteers

Christmas may seem far off, but for organizers from the Fort St. James Toy and Food Drive, it’s time to start getting ready.

  • Sep. 7, 2016 5:00 p.m.

The Fort St. James Toy and Food Drive needs volunteers to help make Christmas 2016 a memorable one for those in need.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

Christmas may seem far off, but for organizers from the Fort St. James Toy and Food Drive, it’s time to start getting ready.

Organizer, Jasmine Lakusta has headed the project for the last five years but she is now ready to hand over the reins.

“It’s been such a great experience for me,” Lakusta said. “To help the needy in our community, it’s been so special,” Lakusta said.

“It’s such a great day to see the expression on people’s faces when they get their boxes. They are so happy. It really brings the community together.”

Last Christmas about 140-160 food boxes were prepared and delivered by a dedicated bunch of volunteers.

“This year, we need someone to step up and lead this much needed service,” Lakusta said.

“It does not have to be one person. It could be a group of people.”

But Lakusta isn’t ready to drop out of the project entirely just yet.

“I’m willing to help whoever takes my place with organising, fundraising and coordinating volunteers. There’s also ordering and donation letters that need to go out. It might seem like a lot of work but it’s so worth it in the end,” Lakusta said.

“We are very lucky because we have such great relationships within our community. People always step up and make things happen and it’s because of their support that the Toy and Food Drive is successful year after year.”

“It’s because of our community. Everyone always pulls together.”

For those interested in volunteering and in helping make a difference this holiday season, contact: (250) 996-4086.



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