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December 1, 2016 12:00 AM

GREAT DONATION Northern Factory Workwear made a cheque donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank with proceeds from its I Love Canadian Oil clothing line. Twenty five per cent of the money made from sales— which totalled $1,684—went to help the organization. From left: Shannon Weinberger, head of the food bank and Neil and Pam Beznoska, owners of Northern Factory Workwear.

For the folks at Northern Factory Workwear, community is a two-way street.
That’s why owners Neil and Pam Beznoska decided to donate a quarter of the proceeds from their I Love Canadian Oil/I love Canadian Pipelines product line to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
“It’s very important for us to help when we can because we live and work (here) and we want the community to support us while we support the community,” said Beznoska.
“We’re always active…by giving out to the Men’s Shelter, the Native Friendship Centre, and various organizations throughout the community; so we’d developed the I Love Canadian Oil t-shirts, hoodies, hats and toques, and with that, 25 per cent of the proceeds we accumulated we’re giving to the food bank, which turned out to be $1,684.”
Northern Factory Workwear started the initiative in the spring as a way to bring awareness to the struggling oil industry and show how proud it is to be in a community that produces oil and creates jobs in the field.
At the same time, the Beznoskas thought they could help the food bank and keep their staff in the embroidery department busy, all for a good cause. 
The Beznoska’s said they know times are tough for a lot of people, and are aware of the stress on the food bank, especially this close to Christmas, so it was a no brainer to donate the proceeds to the organization.
“The support locally is very great, so I was pleased that people supported the drive that we had,” Beznoska said.
Northern Factory Workwear also wants people to know the I Love Canadian Oil product line will run beyond Christmas and go until demand tapers off.
Shannon Weinberger, head of the Salvation Army Food Bank, expressed her gratitude for the donation, saying help from local businesses are paramount in keeping the locals in need from going to sleep with empty bellies.
“These sponsorships are absolutely vital for us; our main donors are usually oil field…donations and this year has been a bit trying for a lot of companies, so having something like this happen is pretty awesome,” she said.
“Donations are definitely starting to come in, now that we’ve kicked off the kettle campaign and the Christmas campaign, but we definitely could use some more.”
Anyone looking to donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank can contact by phone at 780-875-9166.

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