Raffle winner donates Xbox prize

Food bank drive results in gaming fun for Community Services program

For the second year in a row, Tracey Paul has been blown away by the generosity of the community.

She and her husband Dr. Darren Paul own Agassiz Family Chiropractic, and used their office to collect donations on behalf of the Agassiz Harrison Community Services food bank last Christmas. And that year, there were truckloads of food donated by the community.

When their patients and others heard they were holding the food drive again, the support was tremendous, she said.

“We had a couple carloads this year,” Paul said.

But that wasn’t the only thing that amazed her this year.

Anyone bringing in a case of food was entered in a contest to win an Xbox Kinect system, with two controllers and two games.

And when the time came to pull a winner’s name, that winner showed the true spirit of the season.

“They gave it back to me and said to give it to someone who could use it,” Paul said.

After some thought, she decided to donate it to the Community Services after school program, so that kids in the program would get to use it.

The Xbox wasn’t the only prize though.

When the Harrison Beach Hotel heard about the food drive raffle, they offered up a two night’s stay. And Little Saigon, a restaurant in Mission, donated a $40 gift certificate toward the cause.

The Pauls hold the raffle as a way to “reward kindness” in the community.

“Our patients, and the whole community, were wonderful again this year,” she said.

While the community services had already handed out their Christmastime hampers to the community, the food donated will go toward refilling the shelves of the food bank.

 

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