Food and Toy Drive

Food and Toy Drive

Thank you for your generosity!

This year’s Boots for Food drive for the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department was a huge success. Physically distanced and masked, our firefighters were at locations throughout Parksville asking residents to fill the boots for food. A total of $93,464 cash was collected over the weekend along with new unwrapped toys for the Society of Organized Services.

Once again, Craig Bay residents were beyond generous, donating a record amount of $58,635 and 3,676 pounds of food. The fire department raised $34,829 and 600 pounds of food.

Each year, residents in the Parksville Fire Protection Area generously support the annual drive and are the reason this campaign is so successful. The Parksville Fire Department appreciates the generosity of our residents who make the world of difference to many families in our community. Donations are extremely important to the Salvation Army food bank and Society of Organized Services to provide for less fortunate in our community. Donations may also be made as follows:

  • Society of Organized Services is gratefully accepting donations for the Christmas program. Financial donations can be made online at sosd69.com, in person or by phone (250 248-2093), Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4.30 pm. New unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville. After November 17, toys, gifts and gift cards for children and youth can be dropped off at the SOS Christmas tent located outside the SOS Community Services Centre (245 West Hirst Avenue on the McMillan Street side of the building) every Monday and Wednesday, 9 to 11.30 am and Friday from 1.30 to 3.30 pm.

  • Salvation Army food bank donations are accepted at 886 Wembley Road, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 11.30 am and on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm to 3.30 pm.

  • Quote Chief Marc Norris
    “Our sincere thanks to the community for your generous support of our Boots for Food drive; it is rewarding to see our residents come together to help those in need by supporting the Salvation Army and Society of Organized Services. My thanks to our members for your volunteer support of this event.”

    Twenty-Two Years of PVFD Food and Toy Drives

    1998 The first food and toy drive for the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department food was held to help stock the Salvation Army's shelves for Christmas. In the inaugural year, 5,000 pounds of food were collected.

    1999 Organized by members Scott Baillie, Dave Urquhart and John Mentanko, 9,200 pounds of food collected.

    2000 12,182 pounds of food collected with the bulk of the donations used for Christmas hampers at the SOS and the remaining contributions used in the food bank and soup kitchen.

    2001 26,000 pounds of food collected. This was a combined total of local departments including Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Dashwood Volunteer Fire Departments

    2002 11,000 pounds of food collected by PVFD.

    2003 10,000 pounds of food collected by PVFD.

    2004 10,500 pounds of food collected by PVFD. The Salvation Army was able to provide 600 Christmas hampers helping over 1,400 men, women and children in the community.

    2005 9,500 pounds of food collected by PVFD.

    2006 10,000 pounds of food collected by PVFD.

    2007 16,860 pounds of food collected by PVFD, a significant increase in donations and the best year to date. The Salvation Army Church kindly donated breakfast for members volunteering to collect donations door to door. This has now become an annual tradition.

    2008 17,229 pounds of food collected by PVFD. Arrowsmith Search & Rescue joined the event.

    2009 23,000 pounds of food collected by PVFD and a new record.


    2011 18,300 pounds collected by PVFD. After being the Parksville food and toy drive coordinator for about ten years, Scott Baillie passed the role to Liz Olson.

    2012 21,080 pounds collected by PVFD. This was the first year Craig Bay Residents Association did their own collection as part of the PVFD food drive, collecting in excess of 3,000 pounds of food.

    2013 25,500 pounds of food collected by PVFD. Cash donations were significant this year, $4,500.

    2014 23,300 pounds of food collected by PVFD and cash donations increased to $ 5,000.

    2015 A record year with 27,000 pounds of food and cash donations of $10,525. The cash donations go a long way to stocking shelves at the Salvation Army food bank. Quality Foods has been a huge supporter of the food drive since its inception doubled the value of the cash in-store when the food bank purchases food at their stores with the donated cash.

    2016 22,000 pounds of food collected and $12,000 in cash

    2017 By far the most successful food and toy drive in PVFD history with 38,870 pounds of food and $21,000 in cash. The efforts over the past three years to get stratas and apartments involved proved to be instrumental to the increasing success.

    2018 This year's Food and Toy Drive was once again a tremendous success with 26,720 pounds of food collected and $27,217.30 in cash donations. This year marks twenty years of helping local families in need.

    2019 This 2019 drive collected an amazing 29,500 pounds of food and $34,073.57 in cash.

    2020 This 2020 drive collected an amazing 2,000 pounds of food and an amazing $75,644 in cash. No door-to-door collection due to COVID-19. Cash donations only with some food donations directly to the Salvation Army.

    2021 A total of $93,464 cash and 3,676 pounds of food was collected for the Salvation Army along with new unwrapped toys for the Society of Organized.