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Port of Vancouver fills container with holiday cheer

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Port of Vancouver's Fill a Container with Christmas Dreams program, concluded as one of the ...

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Port of Vancouver’s Fill a Container with Christmas Dreams program, concluded as one of the citys biggest corporate food and toy drive during the 2006 holiday season.

A 20-foot shipping container was installed in front of Canada Place during the Annual Christmas at Canada Place event in Vancouver from Dec. 14 to 23.

More than 4,212 lbs of food were donated, benefiting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and almost 1,000 toys were collected for local charities and community centres.

“We are proud to give back to the communities we operate in and are especially honoured this season to have hosted the city’s largest corporate food drive,” said Lori Lindahl, vice-president, corporate services, for the Vancouver Port Authority. “We are grateful to members of the public and our port community who took time to give to those in need.

The drive is run as a part of Christmas at Canada Place, Vancouver’s popular Christmas event, now in its 19th year.

This ten-day holiday event hosted more than 30,000 people and was co-presented by Canada Place Corporation and the Vancouver Port Authority, in association with the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. Admission donations from the event benefited Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children Program.

“The Port of Vancouver’s contributions are making a difference in our fight against hunger. This year the Port’s Fill a Container with Christmas Dreams Program was Vancouver’s largest corporate holiday food drive,” stated Arlene Kravitz, director of communications for the GVFBS. “Their support helps us feed up to 25,000 people each week.”

The VPA worked with China Ocean Shipping (Canada) Vancouver office to secure the twenty-foot container, and American Cartage to deliver it to Canada Place.

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