Students team up with Dean’s Valu-Mart to support food bank

LEFT: Dean Moss and his daughter Megan, of Dean’s Valu-Mart, and Junior and Senior Kindergarten students at C.C. McLean present a cheque in the amount of $1,802 to Nancy McDermid, program coordinator for Manitoulin Family Resources.

GORE BAY—Residents of Manitoulin Island who need a little help to get by have received a significant boost thanks to a Gore Bay business along with students at Charles C. McLean Public School, who raised funds for Manitoulin Family Resources (MFR) and specifically the Manitoulin Food Bank.

Dean Moss and his daughter Megan, along with Junior and Senior Kindergarten students at C.C. McLean, presented a cheque in the amount of $1,802 to Nancy McDermid, MFR program coordinator, earlier this week.

The students again partnered with Dean’s Valu-Mart in Gore Bay on the Christmas tree ornament program. The students made hand-made tree ornaments in early December that were available for purchase by customers of the store (for $2) and placed on a Christmas (located in the store) with proceeds from the sale of the ornaments going to those who are in need on Manitoulin at Christmas time.

Dean’s and C.C. McLean students have partnered on this program for about 10 years.

Ms. McDermid addressed the students on Monday, saying “thank you so much-all of you. I know you worked hard to make the Christmas ornaments to sell and help kids and families that don’t have enough. And by making the ornaments you have helped to raise $1,802, which is incredible. These funds will help buy things like cereal, pasta, milk, eggs and other food items for kids and their families around the island.”

Dean’s and Ms. McDermid also provided treats to the students.