FALL RIVER: Before the Lions Christmas Parade on Dec. 4, organizers with the Lions Christmas Express food drive were more than worried they would not be able to meet the demand this year.

However, after the parade and a pickup from the Lakeview Homeowners Association, organizer Stephanie Dube said things remain down, but not quite as bad as what it was before.

“We should be okay, we’re still down from where we have been in the past but a lot less worry on my part that we will be able to meet the demand,” said Dube. “The community has really stepped up after we asked and made the plea through social media.

“We thank you so much.”

Dube said Feed Nova Scotia informed them the numbers in our area have increased this year, but unfortunately, the donations thus far, have decreased. One of those reasons is the food drives at local schools had to wrap up early or never got started due to the teachers dispute and work-to-rule.

“Some of the schools in our area, which have been outstanding in years past, have not been able to participate as usual, due to the work-to-rule policy,” she said. “We are very much in need of non-perishable food items as well as cash donations, with which we buy turkeys, vegetables and fruit.

“We are quickly trying to make arrangements to collect more food donations and Bill Horne’s office has graciously agreed to accept donations at his office located at 1265 Fall River Road in Fall River, during office hours until Dec. 14.”

She said that night, Dec. 14, volunteers in the community will be packing the boxes at the Seniors Friendly Centre.

“We wish to thank everyone in advance for their continued support,” said Dube.