If the community wasn’t as giving and supportive as it is, the Sault Ste. Marie Community Soup Kitchen would likely have to close their doors, say Ron Sim, Manager of the centre. Fortunately they’ve never had to.
“we could not go on without the support of the community and not just our organization but all the other organizations that help people around town such as St. Vincent’s, Pauline’s Place and the Salvation Army” Sim told SaultOnline.com just before another big donation arrived at their back door.
“We wouldn’t be around and we wouldn’t be able to help the people who really need our help” Sim said. The Shelter provides around 2,100 meals a month to the hungry and also offers a food box program each month. “We did 351 of those boxes last month”
The Shelter put out a call to the community a few weeks ago announcing the shelves were getting low of canned food and non-perishable food items and in grand Sault Ste. Marie style, the community has responded in a big way.
“At this time of year it’s almost overwhelming because it’s Thanksgiving and the community has been so responsive and giving” Sim said. “Even though the City is going through a little bit of an economic downturn, we really pull together and support each other and that’s what Thanksgiving is all about”
Mid Friday afternoon the big donation arrives and Sim and the many volunteers couldn’t be happier.
Students at Korah Collegiate were one of the many groups, schools, sporting teams and businesses that took up the challenge to restock the shelves. The students created a video and shared it with SaultOnline.com viewers and social media.
In as little as a few days, the students and staff set a goal to collect 1,000 items by Friday afternoon, the challenge was a huge success and the school was able to collect over 1,400 items that were delivered to the Soup Kitchen with a little muscle from the Korah Colts football players.
The Soup Kitchen also plays a role as the food bank for all other organizations in the community and is always in need of donations heading into the holiday season.