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Local Family Inspired to Give Back during Thanksgiving

October 14th, 2020Stories

People are often inspired around major holidays – such as Thanksgiving and Christmas – to give back to their community and help those in need.  

That’s exactly what sparked a local family to create a Halloween Box in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. At a time when we are being asked to socially distance from friends and family due to COVID-19, the Howey family was finding a creative way to stay connected, while making a difference.  

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on local families,” explained Amber Buchanan, a family member participating in the food drive. “The Food Bank always needs the support, and this seemed like a great way to be able to give back, while doing something together.” 

The idea started after her Aunt Corrie found a food bank Christmas advent calendar online and reached out to see if her siblings would be interested in doing something similar for The Food Bank. And that is how the Howey Family Halloween Box began.  

Charitable Giving Keeps Family Connected during COVID-19

Throughout October, family members will collect an item a day – from most needed items to personal care and hygiene products.  

“Six or seven families have decided to participate and collect food for The Food Bank,” said Buchanan. “Since there are potentially two-family traditions being missed, we thought we would do this instead. It’s something we can all do in our own home and there is still some community in it.” 

If you are looking for a simple way to support The Food Bank, consider doing your own advent calendar or Food & Fund Drive. Visit our website, thefoodbank.ca/food-fund-drive to learn more about how to run a Food & Fund Drive.