Power of Good

Welcome to a host of heartfelt community stories, and be introduced to countless private individuals and organizations and the great work they do. The ‘Power of Good’ showcases stories from around the province that have been published in print and online media. See the positive and uplifting contributions individuals and organizations have made to make their communities a better place to live, work and play.

Campbell River high school donate thousands of items to the food bank

By on October 21, 2016

Carihi donated over 2,300 items to the food bank this month. Members of the student leadership team,  Haley Wingert, Emily McLean, Thea Karmazynski and Devan Leiman, spearheaded the food drive.    - Submitted

Members of the student leadership team Haley Wingert, Emily McLean, Thea Karmazynski and Devan Leiman spearheaded the food drive.

By Braden Majic – Campbell River Mirror

Students and staff at Carihi Secondary School surpassed their goal and brought in 2,382 food and household items for the Campbell River Food Bank.

The class competition food drive ran from Sept. 6 to Oct. 7.

Carihi’s junior leadership team organized the event and had a goal of 1,100 food items.

The top three classes that brought in the most items, as well as the first place teacher, received prizes.

“[The food bank] is something we like to support because it is something that is done for our local community,” says Kerri Perras, leadership advisor.The junior leadership team promoted the cause heavily. Addison Maedel, Thea Karmazynski, Emily McLean and Devan Leiman brought in plenty of food and encouraged others to do the same.

“When you [bring] food items in, it feels good because you’re giving people what you have,” said Karmazynski. “You don’t have to be rich to bring in a lot of food items.”

Said Leiman: “A lot of us have a lot of food and we are very fortunate in that. Then there [are] other people who have nothing, [and] don’t even get Thanksgiving dinner.”

Added Maedel: “I am actually very proud of the school, that our goal was only 1,100 items and we ended up getting double.”

Each month, the food bank helps about 2,100 people — about a third of whom are under the age of 18.Other clientele include single parents, families, people on fixed incomes and seniors.

Its most wanted items include canned non-perishables, peanut butter, coffee, tea, and pasta.

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By on September 27, 2016

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By on September 2, 2016

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By on August 31, 2016

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By on August 23, 2016

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By on August 18, 2016

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By on August 12, 2016

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By on August 4, 2016

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By on August 4, 2016

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