It’s that time of year again.
On Dec. 5, Royal Bay Secondary School students will be taking to the streets again to try and collect 10,000 non-perishable food donations in one night for the annual 10,000 Tonight food drive.
Maddy Morrison and Jackson Fraser are grade 12 students at Royal Bay Secondary School and are part of the school’s leadership class that has worked hard to put this year’s event together.
The two of them, plus about 60 other students, have been planning driver routes in the West Shore, advertising and getting logistics together ahead of the event. They currently have 51 routes in Colwood and nine in Langford.
“It has involved countless meetings…any free time that we have,” Fraser said.
Morrison said this is her second time being a main organizer for the event and said the many hours of planning are always worth it.
Students have been giving out donation letters to neighbours, businesses and elementary schools to get as many people involved in the event as possible.
Volunteer drivers as well as people to help sort and count the food are required the night of the event.
The event is the West Shore’s largest non-perishable food drive. Last year, Royal Bay Secondary School and community members were able to collect about 12,000 food donations. The goal this year is 15,000.
Edward Milne Community School in Sooke will be holding their 10,000 Tonight event on Dec. 12.
Belmont Secondary School has teamed up with the CBC Food Bank Day and will be gathering food donations at the Langford Legion and Food Bank on Dec. 7.
“It’s a worthy cause, it goes to so many families in the West Shore,” Morrison said about the event. “Seeing how much we can do for our community is amazing.”
10,000 Tonight will take place on Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Royal Bay Secondary School.