Fort St. John Petroleum Association donations to help residents in need

The Fort St. John Petroleum Association made visits to the Salvation Army and the Women's Resource Society on Tuesday to donate $2,140 in support of their important community work.

The funds were raised by members last fall through the raffle of an old gun safe the club no longer needed. Don Stirling won the raffle and the Salvation Army and Women's Resource Society received $1,070 each. 

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Club members raised double the value of the safe, President Dustin Sterling said. The club executive chose the two social agencies for their community work and ongoing need to support the city's less fortunate, he said.

The Salvation Army will put its funds toward the perishable food recovery program, which collects 800 to 1,300 pounds of food a day from local grocers. That helps feed 509 families who use the food bank every month.

The Women's Resource Society will keep staffing and supporting its outreach store, which saw more than 5,500 visits in 2019, and provides free food, clothing, and other essential items for women and families in need.

Fort St. John Petroleum Association President Dustin Stirling with Lisa Jewell and Amanda Trotter of the Fort St. John Women's Resource Society, Jan. 14, 2020. A $1,070 donation will help to staff and support the Society's outreach store. - Matt Preprost

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