Brampton - The Canadian Progress Club of Brampton, has for the past 18 years had a float in the Santa Claus Parade and been one of the major collectors of food for the Salvation Army's annual Christmas food drive.
Over the years, the club has collected about 70,000 pounds of food and in the past few years, donations of $4,500 have been collected along the parade route. The money is used to buy baby food, formula, and diapers - usually not available at food banks. The Salvation Army then distributes these items to the other organization in our community that provide assistance.
This year, The Canadian Progress Club of Brampton, with the support of Re/max Realty Services, will be launching a challenge to the Brampton community to come out and meet the overwhelming need for food and basic necessities, which with our present economy more and more people in our community require. The shelves of some of these outreach organizations are presently empty.
Due to the recent change in policy at most of the grocery stores in Brampton, where a 5 cent charge is being added to your grocery bill, the likelihood of there being fewer people donating to the food bank is a major concern. Now more than ever we need everyone who can afford to give to come out to the parade and do their bit. You never know when you or someone you know might have a need for the Food Bank.
Come on out and bring the family to a festive Christmas tradition and help make a difference in a families life.