Food bank supporter takes fundraising to new heights

Food bank supporter takes fundraising to new heights
By Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism InitiativeThe North Bay Nugget

Fri., Nov. 20, 20202 min. read

Kathie Hogan, the events coordinator with the Municipality of Powassan, will spend one night on the roof of the local Home Hardware if residents help her raise $1,000 for the Powassan and District Food Bank.

Hogan has begun placing donation jars at various businesses in Powassan and Trout Creek to help her reach the $1,000 target.

COVID-19 is the reason Hogan is carrying out the overnight rooftop event.

“Because the economy is so fragile, people may not give us much this year,” she explains.

Because of this, Hogan says she wants to do her part to help make sure the food bank doesn’t run low on supplies.

“The food bank shelves are fine for now, but we expect the need to increase,” Hogan says.

The most recent statistics show that 27 single people and 28 families with 35 children turned to the food bank for assistance. It helps residents in Powassan, as well as Chisholm and Nipissing townships.

If the $1,000 is raised, Hogan will climb to the top of Home Hardware on the evening of Dec. 1 at about 6:30 p.m.

“Maybe I’ll get some people like the mayor or a police officer to also come up during the course of the evening to spend a little time with me and we can do something on Facebook Live,” Hogan says.

At about 7 p.m., Hogan plans to read some Christmas stories for children also on Facebook Live.

She says parents can sign their kids into Facebook at Events@250Clark to watch and hear the Christmas stories.

Hogan is outfitting herself with a tent, a sleeping bag, an air mattress and warm clothing, which includes wool socks and long underwear to keep the overnight chill out.

Her light for the night will come from battery-operated lanterns and a long extension cord courtesy of Home Hardware.

Hogan will climb down from the rooftop the next morning at about 7 a.m.

Then it’s a quick trip across the street to Echoes for breakfast before she heads back to work at 250 Clark.

The food bank is open to the public every Wednesday.

In addition, to the donation jars spread throughout both communities, Hogan says people also can make cash donations at 250 Clark.

250 Clark also is a depot for food donations where the public can place food in a Blue Box outside the building during the pandemic.

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The box and contents are taken inside the building at the end of each day.

When asked if the $1,000 target is achievable, Hogan says she is confident Powassan and area residents will come through.


Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

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