The Fort St John Women’s Resource Society is planning an online auction for September and have been accepting item donations to that end.
There were 1,686 people who accessed food services in June, a record breaker for the organization. The goal is to raise $10,000, which will be used to restock the society's shelves.
“We’re hitting unprecedented levels, it’s unbelievable,” said Executive Director Amanda Trotter. “We’ve always worked on the premise that it gets a bit quieter in summer, but that hasn’t been the case this year.”
Outreach and Housing Co-ordinator Lisa Jewell is organizing the auction and wants as many people as possible.
"We're trying to keep it interesting, maybe even spark some competition among those who are donating items," she said, noting roughly $3,200 worth of donations have been collected so far.
Trotter added she feels the absence of CERB payments and other dwindling supports may have contributed the spike in demand.
“It’s very interesting what we’re seeing. And we’re seeing a lot of new faces again,” she said. “In Fort St John, there’s a lot of changeovers and people who come here to work. Some arrive with basically their vehicle and that’s it.”
To get involved, call the society at 250-787-1121 or find them on Facebook.
Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alaska Highway News