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Revving up for a new food drive

Participants in the food drive, from left: Raine Carnegie of the PHAT Philanthropists, Amber Wood from Parks Canada, RCMP auxiliary const. Eric Scarcella, RCMP Staff Sgt. Jacquie Olsen, Fire Chief Rod Girard, Patti Larson, director of the food bank; RCMP Const. Gary McLaughlin, Caralea Taylor of BC Ambulance Service, RCMP auxiliary const. Karen Volpatti, RCMP auxiliary const. Paul Carter, RCMP auxiliary const. Shane Volpatti and Krista Carnegie of Joy For Tomorrow. - Alex Cooper/Times Review
Participants in the food drive, from left: Raine Carnegie of the PHAT Philanthropists, Amber Wood from Parks Canada, RCMP auxiliary const. Eric Scarcella, RCMP Staff Sgt. Jacquie Olsen, Fire Chief Rod Girard, Patti Larson, director of the food bank; RCMP Const. Gary McLaughlin, Caralea Taylor of BC Ambulance Service, RCMP auxiliary const. Karen Volpatti, RCMP auxiliary const. Paul Carter, RCMP auxiliary const. Shane Volpatti and Krista Carnegie of Joy For Tomorrow.
— image credit: Alex Cooper/Times Review

A union of Revelstoke's emergency services personnel, the Community Connections Food Bank, Parks Canada and other philanthropic groups are teaming up for a food drive in one months time.

Emergency Services Fight Back Against Hunger was officially unveiled at a meeting at the RCMP station Wednesday evening.

The idea is the brainchild of Cst. Gary McLaughlin, who took part in a similar fundraiser when he was a firefighter in Gravenhurst, Ont., before becoming a police officer.

On Sept. 21 and 22, the RCMP, fire department, BC Ambulance, Parks Canada and local kids will go around with lights blazing, collecting food from every household in town.

Also helping with the organization is Krista Carnegie of Joy For Tomorrow and her son Raine, of PHAT Philanthropists.

The goal is to provide local families with food around the Thanksgiving season.

The event will take the place of the Halloween for Hunger food drive that collected more than 1,400 kilograms of food for the food bank last year.

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