HOL’s annual ‘Fill the Bus’ food bank fundraiser rides though Kemptville starting Aug. 24

KEMPTVILLE— With the end of summer fast approaching, it’s time once again for House of Lazarus (HOL)’s annual Fill the Bus fundraiser.

“Fill the Bus makes a huge difference for us,” HOL client services manager Kim Merkley said. “It carries us through the rest of the summer and into the fall, helping us prepare kids and their families for back to school.”

Sponsored by Kemptville’s Coldwell Banker Coburn Realty Brokerage, this year’s Fill the Bus event is set for Friday, Au- gust 24 from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be two buses, one each at Jonsson’s Your Independent Grocer and Walmart Kemptville Supercentre. Both Lannin’s Buslines and Wubs Transit have graciously volunteered a bus and driver for the occasion.

“We couldn’t survive without the surrounding community,” Merkley said, noting that HOL relies on donations from community members for its stores, as well as for its food bank and specific outreach programs and projects.

“This fundraiser, for example, is only possible because of the support from both Kemptville stores, the two bus lines and Coldwell Banker,” she added.

With volunteers from Glengarry Inter-Agency Group’s Dundas Youth Centre, Merkley and her HOL helpers will be on site at both venues to greet visitors and accept donations. The outreach mission is looking for non-perishable food items for its food bank, along with school supplies and/or monetary donations.

House of Lazarus is a food bank and outreach mission located in Mountain, serving hundreds of clients from surround- ing communities, including all of Dundas County, Grenville County and South Ottawa. Last year, 600 people were fed through HOL’s food bank, while 2,630 people were provided with food, clothing, furniture, and household goods through its outreach programming. A community-supported venture, House of Lazarus does not rely on government funding. It’s through HOL thrift stores, grants, donations, and fundraisers that its projects and programs happen.

For more information on this or other House of Lazarus projects, please visit www.houseoflazarus.com or follow the mission on Facebook.

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