Christmas is a time for giving, but what about the rest of the year?
One local church has signed up to help donate food to the Salvation Army to make sure no one goes hungry, no matter what time of year it is.
"A couple years ago now, The Salvation Army asked at ministerial whether some churches would be able to take on a drive and spread it out during the year. Because there is always a drive around Christmas and back to school time but to keep the rotation of food going well," explained Knox United Church Minister, Heather Carlson. "The board here at the church was excited to do that so we picked October to do that."
The congregation brings in food donations every service for four weeks and each year they have broken their food donation goals.
"This year, we thought we could strive for, so we did 500 lbs, and we beat that in our third week in. Then I thought 'well maybe nothing will happen in our last week' but no then we still had another hundred and twenty so pounds come in," continued Carlson.
In one month, the church raised over 715 lbs of non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Bank.
"You can't always see hunger. Participating in drives like this, helps us remember those kinds of obstacles people are facing, whether it is in the congregation, in the community, around us. It gives us that hands-on practical way of helping with sometimes needs that aren't blatantly obvious otherwise," concluded Carlson.