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Local Food Drive Bulletin

BOWSER BABES – September,  2017

In the fall of 1992, 25 years ago, six hockey wives formed BOWSER (Burlington Oldtimers’ Women Supplying Emergency Relief).  Their mandate was to help the less fortunate citizens of Burlington with a monthly collection of food and cash, all of which would be donated to the Burlington Food Bank.

The 3rd Sunday  of each month during the hockey season the “BOWSER BABES” are at arenas collecting non-perishable food items and household necessities. Some members prefer to donate cash in the bucket at the BOWSER table. All donations are distributed to Burlington residents.

The BOHC  (Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club), members have contributed, 83,620 food and household items as well as $215,465 all donated to Burlington Food Bank for those in need.  BOHC  is recognized as the major contributor to the Burlington Food Bank.
Our thanks go out to the BOHC members from the “BOWSER BABES” - Michele Wood, Barb Charron, Louise Addison, Carolyn Park, Pat Broadbent,  Michelle Koskinen and Gabby Longlad.

HERE’S SOME REAL “GOOD IN OUR HOOD”

A huge thank you goes out to the Good in OUR Hood Canada 150 Street Party event held on Saturday September 9th, 2017! This party to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial was a great success in raising over 2500 pounds of food to kick off our fall season of giving and beginning the re-stocking of our depleting food supply through the summer months. A fantastic array of food donated by Turtle Jack’s, the Teen Tour Band, Burlington Fire’s participation, Innovation Clic’s donation of the Maple Leaf template for the canned goods donations and an incredible sense of community all came together for a great cause in support of the Burlington Food Bank. Special thanks to Mary Osborne and her team for organizing this impressive event!

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Our event was called A Celebration of Friends ~ for the last few years we have met with those we have known for decades on sad occasions such as funerals and memorials ~ three months ago after losing another dear friend ~ I said to Richard, I want to throw a party on a happier note ~ bring everyone we know and have a night to celebrate us and our friendships.

We had over 200 guests at the party which was held at the Navy Vet Hall on Industrial St., although a private party it turned out to be an amazing event and everybody brought a food donation.

This will be an annual event each Saturday after Remembrance Day. We already have the hall and band booked as well as other great things .

Leanne Jean Paterson & Richard Nabert

What's Happening Now

CHURCH FOOD DRIVES FILL SHELVES 

In late May our shelves become perilously low. We find ourselves short of nearly everything from rice to baby food.

Burlington Food Bank was originally established by a handful of Burlington churches. So, we decided to ask Burlington churches to help us out of our situation by holding Food Drives on our behalf. The response is absolutely outstanding!

The churches respond to such a degree that we have sufficient supplies to see our way clear through the summer.

Our heartfelt thanks to the Congregations and Clergy of:

Appleby United Church

Burlington Baptist Church

Burlington Christian Reformed Church

 Burlington Fellowship Canadian Reformed Church

Eaglesfield Community Church

East Plains United Church

Port Nelson United Church

St. Christopher's Anglican Church

St. John's Anglican Church

St. John the Baptist R. C. Church

St. Luke's Anglican Church

The Meeting House

Wellington Square United Church