They've been busier than they'd like, but it looks like the Salvation Army Food Bank in Drumheller will have no problem meeting the demand for Christmas food hampers this year.
Thursday evening's Red Bag Food Drive will restock the Food Bank shelves and then some.
"It was a fantastic turnout and the energy in that room was really great, such a sense of community," enthused Captain Jennifer Hillier of the Salvation Army. "We don't weigh this food (but) we did run out of storage bins, so that is always a very good sign. Just looking around the room as we left last night I think we definitely made the mark that we achieved last year."
It couldn't come at a better time for the Food Bank, which has seen a big jump in business this year.
"Stock has definitely run low (and) we've had to purchase some food for the Food Bank and so, it was so great to see those red bags come in last night," Hillier concluded.
Food drive organizer Summer Manca was also impressed by Thursday's numbers of food donations and volunteers who turned out to collect and sort it.
"I think it had to play with the weather a bit; it was a beautiful night (and) people just came out," she related. "It trickles in at the beginning and then it just floods in and fills the floor and everybody falls into action very quickly, unpacking and sorting."
If they somehow missed you, you can always drop off donations for the Food Bank at the Salvation Army Church, the Thrift Store or the collection bins at any of Drumheller's supermarkets.
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