Fort Saskatchewan businesses came together to support their community.
The idea started with Jake and Ryan Currie from The Landscaping Company, Bennett Douglas from CSN Fort Sask Autobody and Jason DeVries from Titan Towing.
Originally, they were deciding between each buying $1,000 worth of groceries or just donating the money directly to the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank.
They landed on asking two more business if they would be interested in each donating $1,000 as well, for an even $5,000. However, interest was much higher than they expected.
"Soon, the $1,000 went to $5,000," said Jake Currie. "Within minutes, it went to $10,000... then $15,000. Four hours later, we were at $26,000."
On Wednesday (Dec.16), representatives from all 26 businesses presented 26 separate cheques – each worth $1,000 – to the food bank.
"It's a bit of a Christmas miracle," said president Kassandra Gartner. "Our business community came through to work together and support us in an amazing way."
Money will go towards the food bank's Christmas Hamper campaign, as well as covering operation costs and purchasing food.
"Food insecurity is a very real thing, it's affecting many families. Moreso with 2020 being really difficult," added Gartner. "So, just a huge thank-you that they chose to support the food bank through this."
The 26 businesses are AK Climate, Armour Self Storage, Bus Hub, Cameron Dental, Ed-Lam Industrial Contracting, Fort Eye Care, Fort Sask Autobody, Fox Run Golf Course, Hauls Auto Wrecker, Heartland Ford, Hossler Concrete, M&M Food Market, Minute Muffler/Speedy Auto, Ramie Browatzke with Remax, Rim Rock Renovations, Southfort Chevrolet, Straightline Dodge, The Landscaping Company, The Retreat Salon & Spa, Tim Baker with Remax, Tirecraft, Titan Towing, Torsion Screwpiles, Tru West, Vivid Vision and Winners Way Source for Sports Sports.