Honey Affleck holds a sign during the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel clothing drive on March 20. (Submitted Photo)

Honey Affleck holds a sign during the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel clothing drive on March 20. (Submitted Photo)

Big Brothers Big Sisters blown away by clothing drive response

The Quesnel Executive Director noted over 900 cars donated

Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) of Quesnel were scrambling on Saturday, March 20, and it was for a great reason.

The organization was running a clothing drive at West Fraser Timber Park, and needed to bring in additional storage to accept all the clothing donated to them.

“We told each other to bring a lawn chair, because it might be quiet, and I don’t think any of us sat down for eight hours,” BBBS Quesnel Executive Director Sarah Thompson said. “It was just amazing.”

Thompson said 20 volunteers processed more than 900 vehicles throughout the day. Their storage trailer, donated by Active Rental was soon so packed BBBS needed to call Prism Towing to move it.

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Quesnel Search and Rescue, the Elks Hall, Amata Transition House and two residents have donated storage space so BBBS Quesnel can store clothes before transport.

“We were just blown away by the support from the community,” Thompson said.

The South Central Interior BBBS are going to pick up the clothing, and transport it to a Value Village. The Quesnel BBBS invest the money they receive back into Quesnel programming.

Just getting the clothing just out of storage could prove challenging.

“If you pull the wrong bag (from the trailer), you’ve got a bad game of Jenga,” Thompson said. “We’ve filled it from top to bottom, there is no space. I don’t think we’ve ever had this many donations of clothing before.”

The Quesnel BBBS will be holding a second clothing drive in six to eight weeks.

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