Donation Drive Delights Organizers

Photo of “Mrs Clause and Elf” who received the donation from vehicles are: Samaritan House Executive Director Barb McNish, and Event Coordinator Shannon Saltarelli

Westman residents opened their hearts and lined up in record numbers to contribute to the food drive organized by Samaritan House Ministries in conjunction with the CP Holiday Train. 

A socially distant drive thru event was held outside the Samaritan House at 820 Pacific Avenue from 6-8pm December 12th. 

Executive Director Barb McNish was thrilled with the turnout saying the lineup stretched several city blocks and was continuous for more than an hour and a half. “We are so grateful for the huge response. It is only when the community helps us, can we help others.” 

Photo: Cathie Crossin

The donations collected this evening alone, weighed in at over 5800 pounds (2634kgs). This is more than triple the weight of donations collected at the 2018 event. 

In addition to thousands of pounds of soup, peanut butter, cereal, pasta and canned meat the community also donated much needed baby items and toiletries. 

Photo: Cathie Crossin

One donor dropped off a whole box of beautiful hand-sewn face masks, an item that is much appreciated by the Safe and Warm Shelter clients. 

Samaritan House staff and volunteers wish to thank everyone who participated in making this one of the organization’s most successful events. 

If you missed the event but would still like to make a donation, you can stop by 820 Pacific Ave from 11am-1pm, or 3-4pm Monday to Friday.

Photo: Cathie Crossin
Photo: Cathie Crossin
Photo: Cathie Crossin