Kitchener Rangers fans outdid themselves again on Don Cameron Potato Night, held this past Friday, January 25. The 16th annual edition of the event, which supports the House of Friendship, saw volunteers collect 8,155 pounds of spuds at the door as fans packed The Aud to watch the Rangers take on the Erie Otters. That total is almost twice the amount collected in 2012 and was doubled by Zehrs Markets, meaning that over 16,000 pounds of potatoes will be immediately available to those in need.
With the encouragement of legendary radio voice Don Cameron, Rangers fans also made $6200 dollars in cash donations during Friday’s game. With your generous support, this year’s Don Cameron Potato Night raised the equivalent of more than 47,500 pounds of potatoes!
If you forgot your spuds or missed the game, there is still time to offer your support. You can text the word ‘SHARE’ to the number 41010 to donate $5 dollars to House of Friendship. Every $5 dollar donation will buy roughly 25 pounds of potatoes.
The event marked the kick-off to House of Friendship’s annual February Potato Blitz, which aims to collect enough potatoes for food assistance throughout its 19 programs for an entire year. This year, in light of a recent 10% funding decrease to HOF’s emergency food hamper program, which distributes potatoes in food hampers, Team Blitz announced a new, higher goal of 300,000 pounds of potatoes. There are two more events taking place as part of the Potato Blitz: on Saturday February 09, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. local shoppers can also support “Team Blitz” during the Supermarket Blitz at participating grocery stores in Kitchener Waterloo and area. Volunteers will be on hand, collecting donations and potatoes. And you can share a warm lunch with friends of House of Friendship at its Community Potato Lunch, Friday February 22, 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kitchener. All are welcome at this special lunch of potato dishes. There is no cost for lunch, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
Local groups, schools and businesses can host their own Potato Drive during the month of February. Donations can also be made throughout the month at House of Friendship’s Emergency Food Hamper Program, 807 Guelph St., Kitchener, (Mon.- Fri., 9am-4pm), at the Charles Street Men’s Hostel, 63 Charles St., E., Kitchener (anytime) or mailed to House of Friendship, PO Box 1837, Kitchener N2G 4R3.
To learn more about the February Potato Blitz, and to get involved, please contact Jenn at 519-742-8327 or visit www.houseoffriendship.org.