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Okotoks has the drive to help food bank

Campaign hopes to raise $50,000 and 5,000 pounds of food
Okotoks Food Bank executive director Pamela McLean shows a $960 cheque raised from the Western Wheel’s First Responders Campaign on April 29. (photo submitted)

The drive to help the Okotoks Food Bank could not come at a better time.

“Our normal fundraisers haven’t been able to take place since March – so I am particularly grateful for this timing,” said food bank executive director Pamela McLean about the Drive for Five campaign. “Our clients have certainly increased. We are helping the High River food bank and helping Eden Valley.”

The Drive of Five is an initiative to raise $50,000 and 5,000 pounds of food.

While an Okotoks Rotary Club idea, the drive is community effort.

“It’s just who can give in any way,” said Rotarian Jeff Foss. “It is an all-inclusive effort – a wider campaign.”

The Rotarians got things started by contributing $5,000.

He said organizations such as 100 Women Who Care, 100 Men Who Give a Damn Foothills, the Okotoks Chamber of Commerce, the Okotoks Dawgs. Rotary, the Okotoks Royal Canadian Legion and others are involved. As well, Julie Boake of Awedity Creative has contributed her design work.

The first major part of the campaign is the Okotoks Dawgs drive-thru food drive on May 9 at Seaman Stadium.

For more information about the campaign go to the Okotoks Food Bank website at

The drive got off to strong start as $960 was contributed to the Drive for Five by the Okotoks Western Wheel. A portion of advertising in the Wheel’s First Responders campaign on April 29 was donated to the page.

Those contributors were: ¼ Mile Car Wash, Accu-Comp Services Ltd., All Through The House, Almira’s Mediterranean Grill, Angie Jackson’s First Aid/CPR, Benjamin Moore Okotoks, Big Rock Animal Clinic, Big Rock Garage Door Service, Bonnie Willkie CIR Realty, Bow Mark Paving & Concrete,  Bulldog Paving, Canada Diagnostic Centres, Century 21 Foothills Real Estate, Cobs Bread, Cornerstone CPA, Crystal Smiles Dental, D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club, Darwin Gerber Pinnacle Wealth Brokers, deVries Bros Sand and Gravel, Dirt Cheep, Doug Lord Law Office, Dreams Eco Xpress Car Wash, Essential Dentistry, Exquisite Electric, Foothills County, Guns N Hoses Roofing, High Country Vac Services, High River Toyota, Highwood Roofing, Home Grown Painters, Hometown Dental, Hubbard Roofing & Exteriors, John Fraser Royal LePage Solutions, K.C. Landscaping & Maintenance, Kumon Math & Reading Centre Okotoks, Lambert Bros. Paving, Manni Fink-Fraser Royal LePage Solutions, McFarlane Agencies (1967) Ltd., Minuteman Press Okotoks, Mountain View Computers, My Family Dental Okotoks, Okotoks & District Seniors Club, Okotoks HC Pharmacy, Okotoks Legion Branch #291, Okotoks Physical Therapy, Pacesetter Homes – D’Arcy, Partners Development Group - D’Arcy, Pharmasave Black Diamond, Plaka Greek Taverna, Quick Fire Fireplaces, Quigley Electric, R. Brenton Driscoll, CPA, CA, RadonWest, Rhonda Anderson Century 21, Ricky’s All Day Grill, Rim to Rim Tire, RJ Sigurdson MLA Highwood, Sam Johnson Royal LePage Solutions, Sobeys Okotoks, Sterling Homes – Okotoks, T&T Disposal Services, Tanya Gerber Pinnacle Wealth Brokers, Team Thiessen RE/MAX PRIME and Town of Black Diamond,


Bruce Campbell

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