Groups gather nearly $6K in food, cash

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This young man, Ryker, donates two boxes of Mac & Cheese to help Fill the Bus on Saturday.

A hot Saturday turned into the perfect weather for giving, as the Fill the Bus volunteers collected nearly $6,000 in donations.

With school buses stationed outside Real Canadian Superstore, Sobeys, Food Basics, Giant Tiger and No Frills, volunteers collected about $5,000 in donations of non-perishable items, $875 in cash, as well as a $100 gift card.

Donations are earmarked for Outreach for Hunger food bank in Chatham.

Organizers said support from three volunteer organizations – Helping Hands, FreeHelpCK, and the Chatham Goodfellows – delivered a great team effort on the day.

The Fill the Bus program will return in August for a back-to-school drive, organizers said.

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