The Bracebridge Fire Department and Muskoka Paramedic Services will be patrolling Bracebridge on Monday, Nov. 28 looking for non-perishable food donations for the Salvation Army South Muskoka Ministries.
Between 6 and 9 PM Monday, paramedics and firefighters will be in the urban areas of Bracebridge collecting food for the food bank. Town officials ask residents to place the food items on their front porches by 6 PM and keep the front lights on.
With a large influx of donations expected, officials say volunteers are needed to sort the collected food at the Salvation Army Community Church in Bracebridge. If able to volunteer, officials say to call 705-645-2602.
“We feel honored and blessed to be able to partner with Bracebridge Fire and Muskoka Paramedic Services to help support the community and to meet their needs both materially, but also spiritually and relationally,” says April Keeping, Corps Officer/Pastor with the Salvation Army South Muskoka Ministries. “When a community gathers around each other we can see such love and support that can make even the worst days seem a little better.”
Officials say many feel the pressure during the holiday season as needs continue to pile up. They say that many families have been forced to turn to the food bank for help for the first time with the cost of living continuing to rise.
“As we head into the holiday season and enjoy the magic of it all, it’s important to recognize that this is a stressful time for many in the community,” says Mayor of Bracebridge Rick Maloney. “I encourage everyone who is able to do so to participate in this food drive to help support those in need. Thank you to Bracebridge Fire and Muskoka Paramedic Services for organizing this initiative and being champions for community support and safety, and to Salvation Army South Muskoka for your ongoing support for Bracebridge.”
Officials say donations can also be dropped off at the church which is at 456 Manitoba St.