Two students of W.A. Fraser Middle School recently held a neighbourhood food drive in support of the Abbotsford Food Bank.
Stephanie Louie and Christopher Sherwood – both 13 years old and in Grade 8 – took over a project started two years ago by Stephanie’s brother Christopher and his friend, Tori Wong.
“They wanted to help people that needed help the most, and poverty is a long-term situation for many people. Extra help is needed around Christmas time,” Stephanie said.
But when the pair moved away from Abbotsford to attend the University of B.C., Stephanie wanted to keep the project going.
She talked to her friend Christopher, and the two started by distributing flyers in the neighborhood of Essex Drive and Edgeview Place, asking people to leave donations of non-perishable food items on their doorsteps.
The teens collected the food on Saturday, Dec. 1 and delivered a total of 175 items to the food bank a few days later.
Stephanie said the two plan to make it an annual event.
“It’s a small contribution, but I think every little bit helps,” she said.
During the rest of the year, Stephanie said she and Christopher would like to assist with other projects in the community.