Salvation Army Major Lisa O’Doherty, left, welcomed a donation of food and a cheque for $960 from Elaine and Ken Lawrence, owners of La-Z-Boy Gallery in Lloydminster on Nov. 29. Their fundraising cheque came from a portion of proceeds from their store’s 16th anniversary event during November. Customers donated the food. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
Elaine and Ken Lawrence provided the Salvation Army Food Bank in Lloydminster with a second helping of food and cash just in time for Christmas.
Their latest cheque donation of $960 on Nov. 28 and some food, wrapped up two months of fundraising anniversary sales at their La-Z-Boy Gallery and Midwest Furniture & Appliances stores.
The 16th birthday of La-Z-Boy in November and the 31st anniversary of Midwest Furniture in October brought in more than the $4,000 for the food bank from a portion of sales.
Customers contributed food as well at both locations, with a cheque for $3,200 previously donated to the food bank from the October sale.
“I think that was a fantastic gift for the Salvation Army at this time of year, and we are really appreciative of all the customers that came in and supported the cause and that we are able to give back to the community,” said Elaine.
“It’s a good time to do it—Christmas time.”
Major Lisa O’Doherty, who heads up the food bank, wouldn’t argue with that as available food supplies are expected to fly off the shelves as the holiday season approaches.
“We are not as well stocked as we need to be, but the donations are definitely coming, so we appreciate every donation we get, especially ones like this,” said O’Doherty, who welcomed the cheque and food from the Lawrences with a smile.
“It means a lot—we rely on donations from the community and so, when a business like this takes on a project and the proceeds come to us, that means a lot to us because it helps us do what we do for the community.”
O’Doherty noted there are about 300 families in the area that will be receiving Christmas hampers this season, about the same number as last year.
However, she noted even though the economy is picking up, it’s still tough for some families.
“As of September, we had as many clients in the first nine month of this year than we had for all of last year,” she said.
“So I know over the course of a year, we’ve had more families in need.”
The Lawrences hinted they are thinking of another fundraising campaign in 2018 knowing other families are always in need.
“We’ll be trying to do something in the new year again because the shelves will probably get pretty empty come this spring again,” said Elaine.
O’Doherty agreed the first couple of months in the new year are hard for client families, even for those who might receive a Christmas hamper.
“They still have those extra expenses and they still come and see us in January and February with tough times,” she said.
As for what’s most in need, O’Doherty said, “Generally speaking we are in need of all non perishables.”