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Help fill an ambulance for Newmarket Food Pantry

St. John Ambulance is holding a food drive at the Newmarket Superstore Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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SJA volunteer Angela (from left), Real Canadian Superstore manager Ryan Willis, Newmarket Food Pantry vice-chair Chris Cartwright, SJA volunteer Alexandra and store staff.

This weekend St. John Ambulance York Region is asking Newmarket residents to donate enough non-perishable food items to fill an ambulance. 

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the team and their ambulance will be set up outside the Real Canadian Superstore at 18120 Yonge St. to collect donations to support the Newmarket Food Pantry. 

Customers can pick up an extra item or two while doing their regular shopping at the Superstore or bring donations to drop off. 

A similar drive at the same Superstore last April raised 1,805 pounds of food and $183.65 in cash donations for the food bank. 

The goal with the timing of this upcoming food drive is to gather donations for the food pantry ahead of Thanksgiving, which is on Oct. 10, to ensure many families in town can enjoy a holiday dinner. 

The Newmarket Food Pantry also has an event to support local families in need this Thanksgiving. It's holding a turkey drive and asking for online donations of $25, which will provide a full Thanksgiving dinner for a family, with a turkey or ham and all the fixings.  

St. John Ambulance is also collecting donations at the Sobey's on Bayview Avenue in Aurora on Sunday, Sept. 25. The fill an ambulance drive there will be in support of the Aurora Food Pantry. 

Both events at Newmarket and Aurora run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on their respective days. According to the Newmarket Food Pantry, these are the most needed items at this time: 

  • Monetary donations
  • Baked beans
  • Canned pasta
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Diapers: size 4
  • Stage 2 formulas
  • Crackers
  • Side dishes

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