The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department in the Soo has been holding its holiday food drive for nearly three decades, and the tradition stays alive on Saturday.
Volunteers from the department spend much of their Saturday collecting non-perishable items, money and toys from very giving people. The one day event grows every year as the need grows in the community, despite what mother nature throws at them.
All donations stay local, and are given to the Salvation army for distribution at Christmas time.
Without the department employees stepping up, this event would never happen.
“It’s all the Sheriff’s office and it’s all our employees who donate their time who come down and sometimes they are standing in 40 to 50 degree sunny weather, sometimes it was like last year when it was a complete blizzard. The just donate their time, collect the food and money. It just helps the community,” Sheriff Mike Bitnar at the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office says.
The event is taking place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Sault Ste. Marie at Pat’s Foods and Walmart.