Chilliwack first responders are teaming up to help those in need this holiday season


2022-11-30 14:30 PST

File # 2022-11-30 Emergency Services Food Drive

The Chilliwack RCMP, the Chilliwack Fire Department and Chilliwack Search and Rescue are teaming up for the first ever community-based Emergency Services Food Drive.

On Saturday, December 3, 10, and 17, from 10 am to 4 pm, firefighters, police officers and Search and Rescue volunteers will be teaming up with the Salvation Army to raise food and funds for the local food bank. First responders will be stationed outside each of the four Chilliwack Save-On-Foods locations as well as Safeway to accept non-perishable food and monetary donations.

With a steady increase in food bank clients being reported this year, the need for donations continues to climb. Community members are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items and place it in one of our emergency vehicles. Salvation Army kettles and tap machines will be at each location for those wishing to make monetary donations. For those unable to attend any of the Saturday Food Drive events, donations can also be dropped off anytime Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 at Chilliwack Fire Hall Number One located at 45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack.

Since 2008, the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment (UFVRD) has annually held the Stuff the Cruiser event throughout the detachment region during the holiday season. The success of this event has become one of the largest food drive contributors in the region.

This year we are excited to expand the Stuff the Cruiser initiative to include our first responder partners at the Chilliwack Fire Department and Chilliwack Search and Rescue. As first responders, we are coming together to help those in need in our community, says Supt Davy Lee, Officer in Charge of the UFVRD. We work closely with other first responder agencies to serve and protect our community every day and it only makes sense that we come together now for this amazing community initiative.

The Chilliwack Fire Department is looking forward to expanding our annual food drive campaign with our first responder partners, says Chilliwack Fire Chief Ian Josephson. For many years our very successful food drive collected food and funds door to door on a scheduled training night. This program change provides a great opportunity for us to work with our first responder partners and further benefit the local food bank.

Chilliwack Search and Rescue is pleased to have the opportunity to assist with the annual food drive, says Frank Van Nynatten of Chilliwack Search and Rescue. Our team of volunteers has been part of the food drive for many years and appreciates the valuable service that Salvation Army provides. We are thankful to be able to take part in this event and encourage the community to assist those in need.

Donations accepted December 3, 10, 17 from 10am to 4 pm at the following locations:

Along with collecting donations, the event will provide an opportunity for the public to get to know some of its first responders and work together to help spread holiday cheer.

Released by:

Sgt. Krista Vrolyk
NCO i/c Crime Prevention and Operations Support
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment
45924 Airport Road, Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 1A2
Office: 604-393-3018
Cell: 604-997-0363

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