SUMMERSIDE – Summerside police and firefighters continue to play a major role in volunteer service to the community.
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Karen Mallett, community ministries worker stocks the shelves at the Salvation Army food bank with some of the items collected last weekend by Summerside police and firefighters. The collection was to help replenish the dwindling food supply at the food bank.
The groups came together to help re-stock the shelves at the Salvation Army food bank last weekend.
Police Chief David Poirier received a call from the food bank and was told that the shelves were becoming bare.
“Chief Poirier set out a challenge to fire Chief Jim Peters to see who could bring in more food donations, the fire department or the police department,” said Coun. Tina Mundy, chairman of the city’s police and fire services committee. “On Saturday, April 19, the police van was set up at Sobeys and the fire department set up at Superstore and they went head-to-head.
Karen Mallett, Salvation Army community ministries worker, said whenever the Salvation Army food bank needs help, people respond.
She said the police and fire departments came at a time when they were most needed.
She said initially, the organization had planned on holding a fun day as a means of getting donations to the food bank, but bad weather and a death within the church community put those plans on hold.
“We lost out on that,” she said. “But what came (fire and police departments involvement) was fantastic,” she said. “We hope to work with the police and fire departments in the future and make it an annual event.”
Every year, the Salvation Army food bank also receives a donation of Easter beef, which helps the organization provide meals.
“We receive Easter beef from our local MLAs plus we also receive it from the agricultural union,” she said. “That makes us able to keep our soup kitchen running. That helps with the meals we prepare for there. That has to last us along with the turkeys from the turkey drive.
“Whatever we have leftover comes to the soup kitchen. So, between that and the Easter beef, it goes a long way.”
Mallett wasn’t sure on the amount of Easter beef they received but she said the donation will assist the soup kitchen to the fall.
The generosity of the residents is not lost on the Salvation Army.
“The Prince County community is so good to us,” she said. “Anytime we have a plea and we put it out there, the response is just overwhelming.”
As for the police and fire departments, at the end of the day the police claimed bragging rights with $722 in donations and $100 worth of gift cards and 450 pounds of food.
The fire department raised $471 in donations and 250 pounds of food.