The 18 Wheels of Christmas trailer takes a break for a photo between deliveries.
CALGARY, Alta. — The 18 Wheels of Christmas campaign has been a resounding success, according to the coordinator for the 2008 donation and delivery campaign, based out of Edmonton and Calgary.
With the help of contributors, Colleen Nickel reports that the seasonal charitable event delivered a 53-foot and a 48-foot trailer full of food to the Edmonton Food Bank, on Dec. 16. The Edmonton campaign also teamed up with radio station CISN FM for what was deemed a successful community appeal at three Edmonton Sobeys food distributor outlets.
Calgary was also a beneficiary in the same Christmas campaign, with the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank receiving a 53-foot trailer with 24 skids of food, on Dec. 19.
The same 18 Wheels of Christmas campaign delivered three skids of personal toiletries to the Mustard Seed Shelter in the Calgary Foothills Industrial Park. The delivery food and goods campaign also assisted in a “Toyurkey Drive,” which was an appeal for donations, whether it is frozen turkeys or toys – a separate charity event sponsored by the Mustard Seed Shelter and the radio station Vibe 98.5. This initiative subsequently collected 48 turkeys for those in need, which will be delivered in food hampers before Dec. 24.
“Calgary was fortunate to have once again been welcomed into the Lake Bonavista promenade and Douglas Glen square, and have the generous donations of these communities added to our totals,” said Nickel, who also reported that Calgary and Edmonton were not the only Alberta communities to take part in this unique Christmas trucking campaign.
“After talking with the Lloydminster’s 18 Wheels of Christmas coordinator for this year’s (radio station) 106.1 Christmas Convoy, it was quickly determined that midwest Alberta also benefited from the involvement of the 18 Wheels of Christmas crew,” she added, with high praise. “Way to go guys.”
This year’s campaign had a slower than usual start, but ultimately organizers were satisfied with a target of three full trailers of goods. The coordinator encourages supporters to view final tallies and sponsorship information, which will be listed on the 18 Wheels of Christmas blog at:www.rosenau.org.
“This is where you will be able to read all the donors from this year; our ‘aha’ moments; and the route travelled throughout Alberta. Watch for the trailer when it is in your area, with your name decaled on the sides.”
The coordinator also expressed her appreciation, for industry support. “Without your generosity and support, we could not have accomplished this tremendous feat. Happy holidays to everyone from all of us at 18 Wheels of Christmas.”
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