Kimberley Food Bank garage sale raises $13,500

Second biggest one-day fundraiser of the year for Food Bank

Hundreds of people shopped at the Food Bank Garage sale last Saturday.

Hundreds of people shopped at the Food Bank Garage sale last Saturday.

The annual Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank garage sale was a big success as always. The 2015 sale, held last Saturday at the Kimberley Curling Club, raised almost $13,500 for the Food Bank.

“Hundreds and hundreds of people came through the sale,” said Stan Salikin of the Food Bank. “There were lineups around the corner of the arena at 9 a.m. There were lots of people waiting. It took over five minutes for everyone to come in when the doors opened.”

The garage sale is the Food Bank’s second largest individual day fundraiser, second only to the Duck Race on July 1.

“We’re very pleased with the amount raised,” Salikin said. “It will go a long way to help the Food Bank with the purchase of perishable food.”

The barbecue raised $791 and the silent auction raised $1,039.

“We couldn’t do it without our donors, buyers and volunteers,” Salikin said. “The Food Bank people are very pleased and I’m sure the doors have a warm feeling in their hearts to continue to help the food insecure in our community.”