Kamloops boy, nine, rallying for devastated Food Bank
Within a few hours of hearing about last night's fire at the Kamloops Food Bank, which destroyed nearly all of the organization's food supply, nine-year-old Christian Beatty was marshalling help.
"I heard that the Food Bank caught fire, and that the people that needed the food from the Food Bank now is going to have to struggle for food because there's not that much left," said the Juniper Ridge elementary student.
Today (August 3) and Monday, Beatty will be out making signs and encouraging people to donate food to help cover the loss.
According to the most recent updates from Food Bank warehouse manager Wes Graham, the organization has about two to three days worth of food left, after a suspicious fire in the building's storage area destroyed the majority of its stock.
"I would want people to help us donate to the Food Bank as much as they can," Beatty said.
"At least to fill my mom's and my dad's truck and car at least once."
Beatty's mom, Nichole Dill, said National Car Rental has also donated a van for him to try and fill.
Beatty will be collecting donations at the Juniper Market Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and at the Sahali Superstore Monday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Correction: The initial version of this story reported the food drive was starting today. It actually runs tomorrow (Saturday) and Monday.