The ninth-annual “Stuff-A-Cruiser” campaign may be a month away but organizers already are lining up volunteers to help out.
The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River.
Volunteers will be outside of those locations, collecting food donations from customers.
The items then will be donated to food banks in the respective communities, with some also going to the annual community Christmas dinner here.
District residents are urged to make a difference and volunteer on Dec. 9, noted UNFC homelessness outreach worker Jennifer Kivimaki, who is spearheading the initiative this year.
“It's just an hour of your time,” she remarked, adding more than one person can sign up for a location at any given time.
“The more, the merrier,” Kivimaki enthused.
Volunteers can sign up on the Celebrating Diversity website at celebratingdiversity.ca
“If they sign up on the Celebrating Diversity website, make sure to e-mail me with contact information,” noted Kivimaki, whose e-mail address is email@example.com
If you do not have access to a computer, call Kivimaki at 274-8541 and she can add you to the list.
Kivimaki said the OPP, Treaty #3 Police Service, and CN Police, along with the Rainy River District Emergency Medical Services and Iron Range Bus Lines, already are on board with “Stuff-A-Cruiser” for this year.
As in past years, shoppers interested in donating will be given a list of needed items to choose from.
The “wish list” includes such things as canned vegetables (corn, beans, carrots, peas, tomatoes, etc.), canned fruit, baked beans, canned meat (tuna, salmon), turkey, ham, Hamburger Helper, and Kraft Dinner.
Pasta, spaghetti sauce, instant potatoes, cereal, peanut butter, jam, tea, coffee, packets of sugar, canned pasta, cranberry sauce, Stove Top stuffing, pancake mix, syrup, powdered milk, and packets of salt and pepper also are needed.
Last December, residents “stuffed” 30 cruisers in Fort Frances, seven in Emo, and three in Rainy River in support of district food banks and the community Christmas dinner.