Items still needed, says Mallet
SUMMERSIDE — With the help of Red Rock N Roller Derby, the shelves at the Salvation Army food bank are filling up.
At its recent doubleheader event at Credit Union Place’s Eastlink Arena, and in the days leading up to the event, the roller derby girls collected cash and donations for the Summerside food bank.
“It went really, really well. I think that Summerside was really receptive to what we were trying to do,” said derby member Jana Selby-Rogers. “The last count, when I talked to the food bank, it was over 4,000 items. That’s a lot.”
Red Rock N Roller Derby members were out in full force, collecting food donations at the Summerside Superstore and helping with a barbecue in aid of the food bank prior to the Aug. 24 event at Credit Union Place.
On site, at the grocery store, was a large roller skate, which was filled with food items. Cash collected during the barbecue was used to purchase food items.
At the doubleheader, spectators made donations and, to get a $1 off admission, brought in a non-perishable food item.
Red Rock N Roller Derby also made a $500 cash donation to the effort.
The Salvation Army’s Karen Mallett said the donation was substantial and came at a time when shelves were almost bare.
“They did phenomenal,” said Mallett of the effort.
The donation, among other small donations, will bring the food bank to one of its biggest annual fundraisers, the annual Postal Food Drive, later this month.
“We’re still low on tomato soups, Kraft Dinner and cereal,” noted Mallett. “Of course, stuff for school lunches. It looks like we have a lot of it now but we just started giving that out last week. It won’t take long until that is gone.”
She said the Salvation Army, thanks to a donation from Bell Aliant, also has school supplies and backpack on hand for families in need.