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Community Rallies Together After Robbery At Little Britain Food Bank

KAWARTHA LAKES-Reverend Denise Boyd says the last 24 hours have been a roller coaster of emotion.

“I go from crying to feeling blessed and back to crying,” Boyd told Kawartha 411 News.

On Thursday, February 10th when volunteers arrived at 8:30 am to open the Little Britain Food Bank for the day they realized almost all of their stock had been stolen.

“We have a small packing area where boxes are packed and after every day our volunteers stock the room so it was fully stocked. When they walked into the packing room Thursday morning if you could have heard what came out of their mouths, the shelves were empty.”

Among the items stolen were cases of tuna, cases of canned pasta, cases of soup, a case of large soup tins, half case of coffee, a case of canned tomatoes, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, kleenex, pasta, kraft dinner and more.   

The food bank is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and this is the first time anything like this has happened according to Boyd. Since news of the robbery spread, she says the outpouring from the community has been amazing to witness.

“I cannot believe how many people have come forward for us, it has been absolutely incredible. The firefighters at Mariposa Station 21 will match cash donations up to $1000.  The Twisted Trauma Foundation dropped off a cheque for $1000. It is so heartwarming”

The team at Cable Cable also onated $400 worth of food.

Boyd says police have been called and say there was no sign of forced entry. Police are investigating the theft. She says the food bank never turns anyone away, even those who don’t live in the community are always welcome.

“We are not restricted to our area, we have people from Lindsay, Kirkfield Port Perry. We welcome everyone. After the robbery, we weren’t sure we would have enough food for everyone a couple of our food bank clients told us to give it to families with kids first and they would go without.”

Anyone wanting to help out can drop off food at the United Church manse at 1036 Little Britain Road or Aunt Edna’s Thrift Shop, 421 Eldon Road tonight from 3-7pm or Saturday morning from 10-3pm. 

Donations are also being accepted at the Foodland in Little Britain and the Kawartha Credit Union.

“I am so blessed by this community,” says Boyd.

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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