Creative Chaos rallies behind local food bank

Creative Chaos will be collecting cash and food donations for the Salvation Army food bank

Western Canada’s largest craft fair is also an opportunity to help the less fortunate.

Creative Chaos will be collecting cash and food donations for the Salvation Army food bank in Vernon between today and Sunday.

“They have collected an average of 6,200 food items and $3,150 over just the past five years,” said David MacBain, with the Salvation Army.

“This is the second largest annual donation of food items to the Vernon food bank and essential to smooth ongoing operations.”

Demand continues to grow at the food bank.

“With over 800 children from more than 1,200 households accepting assistance through the food bank so far in 2013, we certainly are appreciative of the continued support we receive through the annual Creative Chaos event,” said MacBain.

“We have run low on several standard food hamper items and hope those attending this wonderful event will help refill the shelves.”

The 38th annual Creative Chaos takes place at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

“They are prepared to receive food and cash donations in support of the food bank,” said MacBain.

“Food bins will be at each entrance door and the familiar Christmas kettles will be at the recreation complex and curling rink entrances.”

Items currently needed at the food bank include  peanut butter, canned tomatoes and sauce, vegetables, fruit, rice, brown beans, powdered milk, kids’ snack items and other nutritious food items

Alternate donation ideas include toothpaste, soap, shampoo, razors and deodorant.