Annual Fill-The-Bus helps restock near empty House of Lazarus shelves

Seen in photo above: Rilla Seward-McShane and Penny Beavis, both from Coldwell Banker Coburn Realty, sponsored this year’s Fill-The-Bus campaign. The pair matched all monetary donations collected on Aug. 25, bringing the total from $815 to $1,630. Back row, from left, House of Lazarus (HOL) volunteer TJ Ashby, WUBS driver Jeff Arcand, Seward-McShane, HOL executive director Cathy Ashby and Beavis. Front row, volunteers Katie Ashby, Sasha Harding and Hendrick Westendorp. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAIN — Thanks goes out to the community, who contributed 1,400 pounds of food and $1,630 to the food bank during the third annual Fill-The-Bus campaign, held Aug. 25 at Jonsson’s Independent and Walmart in Kemptville.

“It was another great year for Fill-The-Bus,” noted Kim Merkley, manager of client services at HOL. “We can’t thank the community enough for all their support.”

Rilla Seward-McShane and Penny Beavis, both from Coldwell Banker Coburn Realty, sponsored this year’s Fill-The-Bus campaign. The pair matched all monetary donations collected on Aug. 25, bringing the total from $815 to $1,630.

Usage of the buses was donated by Lannin Bus Line and Wubs Transit, who support Fill-The-Bus annually. Volunteer drivers Jeff Arcand and Barb Levesque donated their time towards the campaign. 

Seen in above photo: House of Lazarus staff and volunteers pose with the food donations collected during the third annual Fill-The-Bus, held Aug. 25 at Jonsson’s Independent and Walmart in Kemptville. Courtesy photo

Seen in above photo: Fill-The-Bus volunteers TJ Ashby, Katie Brousseau and Hendrick Westendorp spent four hours at Jonsson’s Independent on Aug. 25 collecting donations for the House of Lazarus Food Bank. 

Each month, the HOL Food Bank supports between 100 and 110 local families. The HOL also supports nearly 1,200 families and individuals each year through outreach programs, such as Food with Friends (gift cards to purchase food for the Kemptville Youth Centre and Dundas Youth Centre) and starting over kits for fire victims. Over 40 per cent of the clients served at the HOL Food Bank are children.

“We were able to put food on every seat of both buses and that was our goal,” said Merkley. “The shelves are full again and we have the community to thank for that.”

For more information about upcoming events, or to donate, visit the House of Lazarus at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain or call (613)-989-3830. You can also visit the HOL website at www.houseoflazarus.com. 

 


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