Parksville Volunteer Fire Department firefighters will be at yet-to-be-announced locations on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to collect cash donations. (File photo)

Parksville Volunteer Fire Department firefighters will be at yet-to-be-announced locations on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to collect cash donations. (File photo)

COVID-19: Parksville fire department food and toy drive will have different look in 2020

Nearly 30,000 pounds of food collected in 2019

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Parksville Volunteer Fire Department food and toy drive will look very different.

There will be no door-to-door collection in neighbourhoods. Firefighters will be at locations in Parksville on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 to collect cash donations for the Salvation Army food bank. Physically distanced and masked, firefighters will be at the set locations (to be announced, details will be released as soon as they are available) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. asking residents for cash donations to help “fill the boots for food”.

Donations are important to the Salvation Army food bank and Society of Organized Services (SOS) to provide for the less-fortunate. Donations can also be made to the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas, at 245 West Hirst Ave. The program starts Nov. 16, and toys can be dropped off every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

READ MORE: Errington Volunteer Fire Department raising funds for essential equipment

Additional donations can also be made to the food bank, at 886 Wembley Rd. Donations are accepted Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Each year, residents in the Parksville Fire Protection Area support the annual drive and are the reason for its success with approximately 29,500 pounds of food and $34,070 cash collected in 2019.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

charityCoronavirusfirefightersParksville

Just Posted

Search and rescue crews from all over Vancouver Island responded to calls to assist with the search for a 19 year-old man with medical issues who got lost on trails in the south end of Duncan on Nov. 21. The man was found Sunday morning and taken to hospital for assessment. (Submitted photo)
Duncan man rescued after getting lost on local trails

19-year-old taken to hospital for assessment

New estimated figures from Elections BC peg the number of registered voters in 2020 at 54.4 per cent. (Black Press Media File)
2020 provincial election sets historical low turnout

Just over 1.9 million registered voters cast ballots in 2020

Firefighters try to put out a structure fire on the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay early Saturday morning. (Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department photo)
Horses in nearby stable saved as building burns down in Nanoose Bay

Firefighters called out in the early-morning hours Saturday

A sign outside Ucluelet’s Blue Room on Monday morning advises patrons that the restaurant has gone back to take-out only. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Some Ucluelet restaurants heading back to take-out only as COVID-19 concerns rise

Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel urges residents to be respectul of business owners’ decisions.

A sign at the entrance to Ty-Histanis asks visitors to stay out of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation announces lockdown after member tests positive for COVID-19

Essential travel only and restricted to Tofino and Ucluelet.

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

Cumberland resident Lorna Clark says she's going to treat herself to a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, after winning $50,000 on a Bingo Blast scratch ticket. Photo supplied
Cumberland lottery winner says first purchase will be a roast beef dinner

Meanwhile, Victoria woman set to share her $100,000 Season’s Greetings lottery win

Capital Regional District Animal Control say an eight-month-old Rottweiler bit a Langford mother and her child near Glen Lake on Nov. 19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Large dog menaces mother and child in Langford

Mother puts three-year-old on top of car to protect him when friendly encounter turns scary

The Victoria Police Department headquarters. (Black Press Media file photo)
Investigation launched into man’s death after arrest in Victoria

IIO investigation to determine if police actions or inaction played a role in the man’s death

(Village of Sayward)
Sayward elects new mayor and two council members

New mayor-elect Mark Baker to end 2020’s revolving door in North Island village

A woman being arrested at a Kelowna Value Village after refusing to wear a mask on Nov. 22.(@Jules50278750/Twitter)
VIDEO: Woman arrested for refusing to wear mask at Kelowna Value Village

RCMP claims the woman was uncooperative with officers, striking them a number of times and screaming

The first phase of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit when it was under construction. The Municipality of North Cowichan denied the VIMC a development permit for phase two of the project. That decision was quashed by the courts. (File photo)
North Cowichan to appeal court’s decision to quash Motorsport expansion denial

Municipality has until Dec. 6 to file appeal to recent court ruling

B.C. Liberal MLA Shirley Bond questions NDP government ministers in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Cabinet veteran Shirley Bond chosen interim leader of B.C. Liberals

28-member opposition prepares for December legislature session

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, November 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19: What do rising positivity rates mean for B.C.? It’s not entirely clear

Coronavirus cases are on the rise but the province has not unveiled clear thresholds for further measures

Most Read