Jim Tennant needs the community’s help to bring him down from the roof of the Village Green Centre.
The Save on Foods manager has been camping out on the roof for five days and nights now, in an effort to raise 12,800 lbs of food for the Salvation Army.
So far, approximately 4,000 lbs of food have been collected.
“We raised 1,600 lbs Wednesday alone,” said Tennant.
But more collections are needed to bring Tennant out of the cold and back home to his warm bed.
“It was mighty cold up here (Wednesday) night,” said Tennant, who is hoping for some warmer weather.
Tennant has been joined by David MacBain of the Salvation Army, who camped out on the roof Tuesday night. Village Green Centre manager Scott Adam has also been putting in as many hours as he can to support the cause. Kelly Kedrosky, VGC marketing manager, camped out Monday night and is planning on camping out again this weekend.
The support so far has been great, said Kedrosky.
“There’s lots of people waving to Jim and talking to him, seeing if he needs anything,” she said, adding that if the numbers keep doubling, as they have been, he could be down by Monday.
“We even have a collection kettle and it rings a bell and let’s him know when there’s a donation.”
The community is urged to stop by the store in the Village Green Centre and help bring Tennant down with donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank.
The rooftop food drive is part of the Village Green’s effort to raise the most food through the Bentall Kennedy Canada Fare Fight for Food challenge. Competing against 16 shopping centres across Canada, if Vernon’s mall raises the most food, Bentall Kennedy (which owns the Village Green Centre) will give $10,000 to the Vernon food bank.
The Village Green Centre currently sits in third place for the amount of non-perishables collected and this rooftop food drive is hoped to help bump it up to first.