Large donation made to Prince Albert Food Bank

Jodi Schellenberg
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A large donation has been made to the Prince Albert Food Bank.

Deborah Martin and the rest of the Prince Albert Construction Association present Wes Clarke of the food bank with a $2,040 donation on Friday.

The Prince Albert Construction Association raised $2,040 for the food bank during their Christmas social for the member this holiday season.

“For the Christmas social this year, all the members in the Prince Albert Construction Association donated items that were hand made, home made or Christmas style and we had a silent auction,” co-ordinator and board member Deborah Martin said.

In addition to the silent auction, the organization also had a special table to auction off as well.

“It had special treats and gifts on the table and it was decorated differently,” Martin said. “It was auctioned off and we raised $615 for the table. That was added to the silent auction (total).”

In the past, the Construction Association has not made a donation to a non-profit organization in the city.

“This is the first time the Prince Albert Construction Association sponsored the food bank,” Martin said. “We sponsor other programs -- youth apprenticeship programs, kids in need of work gear -- but this was a choice to come with a charity this year that would see a local benefit.”

They raised a lot more money than expected, she said.

“We were hoping to get $1,000 and we ended up with over $2,000,” Martin said. “Really, we even went over our goal. We had so much fun. It was a good time.”

Although she is the co-ordinator, Martin said she had a lot of help with the event.

“If it wasn’t for Caroline and Sarah Bendig it wouldn’t have happened,” Martin said, naming two of the organization’s employees. “I may be the co-ordinator for the Prince Albert Construction Association but with those two helping me along the way, it makes for an awesome time.”

The board thought the food bank was a great organization to give back to, especially at this time of year.

“I think that in this season of giving one would most importantly thought about food and sustainment of life,” Martin said. “To give back to the community for the food bank is an excellent choice.”

Wes Clarke, on of the co-managers of the food bank, said although the money is being given to them at Christmastime, it may not be used right now.

“It is probably going to go mostly for operations and things like that,” Clarke said. “We do buy food throughout the year as well, so this is going to keep us running for quite a while.”

Thanks to PotashCorp, the food bank is not just receiving $2,040.

“It is also going to be matched by PotashCorp, so that is great for us,” Clarke said. “The initial cheque we receive today goes into our funds and then all the provincial food banks in the province are going to pool all the dollars -- as in tally them all up -- and the PotashCorp will match that up to $1 million.

“That benefits all the food banks across the province,” he added.

He said the support the food bank sees from everyone in the city is amazing.

“It shows so much that we live in a city that cares and have all this support from the Construction Association and so many people,” Clarke said. “Everyone is getting together in the season and showing that Prince Albert is one of the best places to live because it cares.”

Organizations: Prince Albert Construction Association, Prince Albert Food Bank, PotashCorp Prince Albert

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