By Justin Seward
Foremost School’s Joyce Williamson and another teacher were chatting recently and recognized with annual events such as the carol festival was not returning this year to be a main food distributor that they needed to find a way to help this holiday season.
The idea came up of “Fill the Yukon” campaign.
“I kind of thought wouldn’t it be fun to get the staff and students of Foremost School to fill the back of my vehicle which happens to be a Yukon with food items for the food bank,” said Williamson.
“It (was) kind of like ‘Well we can do this at the school because we have our Christmas concert coming up,’ and parents can bring an item in and the kids can be challenged to bring something as well. Maybe that will spark a conversation with the kids that there a lot of people less fortunate than most of us this time of year and Christmas isn’t always a joyous occasion and we can help in some fashion.”
The community and the school have the task to fill the back of the Yukon, which Williamson hopes will double the school’s population of 180 people with the amount of food items.
Williamson says campaigns like these are good for the students because it allows them to sit back and think that there are people that don’t even have food to put on their table let alone to go on a trip or have the best presents under the tree.
“It’s my hope that message hits home for some of these kids, that there are people that are hoping for food for Christmas” she said.
The downturn in the economy has added some extra pressure to people, she added.
Donations from the community can be dropped off until Dec. 19 in the bins at the school. The students and Williamson will then pack up her Yukon and deliver the food to the FCSS building.