River Lights House Tour committee donates to the Amherstburg Food Bank

 

Amherstburg Food Bank president Lucille Thrasher (left) accepts a donation of $450 in gift cards from River Lights House Tour committee chair Monica Bunde.

Amherstburg Food Bank president Lucille Thrasher (left) accepts a donation of $450 in gift cards from River Lights House Tour committee chair Monica Bunde.

By Ron Giofu

 

Over 700 people enjoyed the River Lights House Tours a few weeks ago and the event’s organizing committee has elected to give back to the community.

The House Tours organizing committee has donated $450 in gift cards to the town’s three largest grocery stores – Sobeys, No Frills and Walmart – to the Amherstburg Food Bank. Monica Bunde, chair of the River Lights House Tours organizing committee, said the plan is to donate a portion of the proceeds annually to charity.

“Every year, we are going to be choosing a charity to donate to and we chose the Amherstburg Food Bank this year,” said Bunde.

The donation was officially made last Tuesday morning at the Amherstburg Food Bank’s new location at Amherstburg Community Church, located at 125 Alma St.

“They do good work,” Bunde added. “We want to give back a little as a committee.”

Lucille Thrasher, president of the Amherstburg Food Bank, said the money will be used to buy groceries they need to restock the shelves. She said the donation from the River Lights House Tour committee is “a large help” in the food bank’s efforts to assist the needy families and individuals in the community.

“With gift cards, we can purchase what we need,” said Thrasher.

While food is appreciate, Thrasher indicated there are other products they require as well that sometimes people don’t think about. Those include paper products such as toilet paper as well as other products like toothpaste and similar hygienic products.

Laundry soap and dish soap are among the other items the food bank also tries to provide those less fortunate.

“We’re grateful for the donation,” said Thrasher. “It helps us out and it helps the community.”

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