The Edmonton Transit System and Edmonton Food Bank teamed up on Saturday for ETS Stuff a Bus to help get more relief supplies to displaced Fort McMurray evacuees. The impromptu event helped raise 14,765 kilograms of food and hygiene items.
Stuff a Bus normally runs in the late fall, but ETS marketing associate Marvin Babiuk says there was a definite need for the donation drive.
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“ETS took the position to create an extraordinary Stuff a Bus on Saturday and we will be at all 14 Save-On-Foods locations collecting non-perishable foods and non-food items,” says Babiuk. He says these items include anything from canned meat and vegetables to deodorant, soaps, and other hygiene products.
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Babiuk says Edmonton’s Food Bank has been an important pillar of support even outside of Edmonton.
“[They’ve] not only have been very integral in regards to supporting those that have been displaced, but they also are continuing their day-to-day activities in terms of serving the community needs.”
Our Most Needed Items as of May 12:
toiletries including deodrant & toothpaste/brushes
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Babiuk doesn’t know what to expect with Saturday’s Stuff a Bus campaign.
“In my mind, anything that’s collected is going to be over and above what has been received, so there is no goal in mind. We certainly hope to fill all 14 buses, but definitely, whatever is collected is going to be greatly celebrated.”
ETS Stuff a Bus runs from 8:00am to 4:00pm Saturday, May 14. More information can be found at the Edmonton Transit System’s website. (djs/kb)