The ‘May 16th Miracle’ food drive was held across Chatham-Kent today and the organizers are thrilled with the incredible turnout.
“Chatham-Kent – you are amazing,” 519 Events and Promotions posted on social media.
“Thank you so much for your patience and generosity this afternoon. Many of you waited in line at a drop-off location, placed donations on your porch or in your lobby, and most importantly, you are helping those most in need.”
Although no numbers have been released at this point, hundreds and hundreds of donations were made in communities all across Chatham-Kent, including in Wallaceburg, Dresden and Mitchell’s Bay.
“Way to go (Chatham-Kent). We made a Miracle happen. Thank You!” tweeted Stuart McFadden, who captained the Wallaceburg portion of the event with his family.
— Stuart McFadden (@EcDevGuy) May 16, 2020
The old Sobey’s parking lot and Southside Fitness on McNaughton Avenue in Wallaceburg were drop-off locations, along with James Street Eatery in downtown Wallaceburg.
“Overwhelming Response!” said Stuart Kiar, the captain for the food drive in Dresden.
“Thank you Dresden! Thank you CK! The Miracle lives!”
There were four rural depots set up around Dresden, including: Zion United Church in Tupperville, Lindsey Road United Church, J&E Meats in Croton and The Track Kitchen parking lot in Dresden.
North Kent Councillor Jamie McGrail said she was thrilled with the donations in Mitchell’s Bay.
“I cannot say thank you enough to everyone,” McGrail posted on social media.
“Without our community we would be nothing. We have come together as one to help all. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!”
The event gathered some viral attention as well, as the hashtag #May16Miracle was trending across Canada on Twitter.
Watch for more coverage on the event in the coming days on the Sydenham Current.