A central and southern Alberta church community made a big donation Sunday.
The Church of Christ delivered more than 200 food boxes to the Red Deer Food Bank containing non-perishable items such as canned goods and pasta.
Hundreds of volunteers and members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo came out to support the cause.
Rolando Gaviola, the district minister for Calgary, which stretches from Ponoka to the Lethbridge area, said the aid to humanity is a worldwide event.
“The members of the Church of Christ are doing our duty, given to us by God, to help other people who are in need,” he said, as boxes of food were being delivered through the back entrance of the food bank.
The boxes of food came from members of the church living in Red Deer and the surrounding area. Similar events are organized in other Alberta communities, such as Lethbridge, Brooks and Calgary.
“It’s all over the world now.”
Gaviola said there are many people in Alberta who are less fortunate, and organizations such as the food bank ensure people do not go hungry.
The collection and donation of food empowers church members, he said, as families are asked to put each box together.
“We like to get them involved and ask them to pack it, and they’re so happy to do it.”
About 140 food boxes were donated by church members to Safe Harbour Society in January 2019, and another 130 boxes were delivered to The Mustard Seed in Red Deer in October.
The donations in Red Deer started in April 2018, when 100 boxes were donated to the Safe Harbour Society.