Christmas in July funds presented to Abbotsford Food Bank

The event held at Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service's Hall 7 collected $3,200 and 3,000 pounds of food

Santa was a special guest during the Christmas in July event last month at Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service's Hall 7.

Santa was a special guest during the Christmas in July event last month at Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service's Hall 7.

A $3,200 cheque was presented on Wednesday to the Abbotsford Food Bank from Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service’s Hall 7.

The funds were raised during the Christmas in July event, held July 18 at Hall 7 on Clayburn Road. The event invited the public to drop off donations of food and cash.

In exchange, executive chef Sean Cousins of the Vancouver Club cooked up a free lunch.

The public was also invited to drop off non-perishable food items at Save-On-Foods locations in Abbotsford.

The event collected more than 3,000 pounds of food and $3,200 cash for the food bank.

Organizer Sean Salitra said the idea for the event arose after hearing that the food bank struggles for donations during the summer.