Police, ambulance and the fire department swept through parts of Revelstoke Wednesday evening in search of… food for the hungry.
Wednesday evening was the first night of the Emergency Services Fights Bank Against Hunger food drive. The drive united all three branches of the emergency services, Parks Canada, adult and youth philanthropic groups, the Revelstoke Grizzlies and the new roller derby team in an effort to collect food for the Community Connections Food Bank.
About 80 volunteers turned out for the first night and after gathering outside the fire department, they divided up into teams and swept through Arrow Heights, Southside and the Big Eddy in search of donations.
Meanwhile, organizer Krista Carnegie and food bank coordinator Patti Larson waited at an empty garage bay at the RCMP detachment for the food to come back.
Each team was accompanied by an emergency services vehicle, complete with lights blazing. Volunteers went door-to-door, collecting what ever people had available. The circulation of emergency vehicles caused questions in some but overall the night appeared to be a success, with most people opening their doors and handing food over.
The teams returned to the garage with truckloads of food. Children, teenagers and adults brought in bag after bag. The loads kept coming as they filled up the space.
And that was only night one. On Thursday, the volunteers will head out again to cover Columbia Park, Farwell and central Revelstoke. So if someone comes a-knockin’, don’t worry, it’s all for good.