Residents of Gibbons look forward to the first Sunday in December, when the Volunteer Fire Department helps out with the annual food bank drive.  Members of the Department go door to door, handing out candy and collecting non-perishable food items to take back to the food bank.  Children and families are delighted to see the fire truck out, meet Santa and receive candy from the fire fighters.

Christine Bassett-Daviau has been a Volunteer Fire Fighter with the Department for 7 years.  She spoke on what the drive means for families, the food bank and the Department.  "We've actually been doing this for a long time.  Prior to even collecting food, we were going door to door, handing out bags of candy just to put a face to a name.  It kind of just morphed into this.  But I think it's important for people to see us on more than just their worst day - to see that we are part of the community, we like giving back, we are really approachable and we care about our community as a whole."  Once the collection is complete, the fire fighters then help deliver the food to the food bank and assemble hampers.

There is a little bit of preparation needed before the big day.  The members get together the Friday before the Sunday and bag candy for the children.  But it's not just the children that benefit.  Bassett-Daviau explains that it helps build relationships on their team.  "We bag on Friday night before the Sunday and come out to the Hall for a couple of hours.  It's an enjoyable thing for us."

The Department is very appreciative for the residents.  "There's a lot of great people in Gibbons that do give and I think every year we are blown away by just how well we do.  I think this year we topped last year's total and it's been going like that for a long time.  We're really lucky to have the town we do that gives the way it does."

The final numbers from the 2015 drive are 6420.17 pounds of food and $2261.25 in cash donations.

2014 saw 5,805.27 pounds and $1,138.70. 

2013 had 5,168.35 pounds and $2,095.50.