BC Transit is inviting the community to get onboard a drive to support the Mustard Seed Food Bank and Anawim House.
The 15th annual Stuff the Bus campaign is set for Saturday at Tillicum centre near Save-on-Foods from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stuff the Bus has raised more than $140,000 over the past 15 years in support of local charities, and all donations are welcomed on Saturday, from food to clothing to cash.
The goal is to fill the entire bus with donations to help those in need over the holidays. The Mustard Seed is in need of non-perishable food donations to feed 5,000 people a month, 1,600 of them children. Cash donations provide the Mustard Seed with the ability to purchase the most needed items at a lower cost, thanks to the support of participating suppliers. For an idea on donations for the event, the Mustard Seed has provided a wish list at mustardseed.ca/get-involved/donations/.
Anawim House has been empowering people since 1991, mainly through drop-in and residential programs conducted within a safe and sober home where people can find hope and get assistance with their needs. The programs offer various self-enriching programs pertaining to employment, life skills, art expression, life mapping, housing assistance and peer support. As well, they provide basic referrals and necessities such as meals, showers, laundry facilities and free clothing.