Friends of the Salvation Army in Drumheller held their Red Bag Food Drive on Thursday evening and a lot of local families will be better off this Christmas because of it.
 
The annual event sees volunteers canvass door to door throughout the valley and surrounding communities collecting non-perishable items for the Food Bank.
 
"My favourite event of the year, absolutely amazing, so much fun," enthused Captain Jennifer Hillier of the Salvation  Army. "This is community at its finest in this room tonight."
 
Close to 100 volunteers packed a back corner of the old Liquidation World space in the Greentree Mall to sort it all. So, how much did they get?
 
"It's difficult to tell; we don't weigh the food at this event tonight, we gauge ourselves by the number of milk crates that we fill," admitted Hillier. "Over the next few days as well, people who've missed the red bag on their doorstep or didn't get a red bag or just weren't home today, we'll have more food coming over the next few days."
 
"There are still bins for food donations at Freson Bros., Walmart and Extra Foods," she added. "Those locations also have Christmas kettles so if you want to make a financial donation that enables us to purchase what we need throughout the year, please give what you can; every little bit helps."

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