2016 Santa Bus a Total Success

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Stock Image from 2013 - Thunder Bay seems to be seeing a lot of Santa lately - Thunder Bay Transit
Thunder Bay Storm Transit
Thunder Bay seems to be seeing a lot of Santa lately – Thunder Bay Transit

THUNDER BAY – A good news story courtesy of Thunder Bay Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union. Thanks to the generosity of Thunder Bay citizens, the Annual Santa Bus campaign has had yet another successful year, bringing in more than 11,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and almost $2,000 in cash donations for the Thunder Bay Food Bank. This total surpasses last year’s campaign by nearly 4,000 pounds of goods.

The 22 Annual Santa Bus campaign was organized by the Transit Services Division and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 966.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, all Transit buses were accepting donations of non-perishable food items. In addition, residents made donations at the Santa Bus stationed at Metro Supermarkets.

The donations were delivered to the Thunder Bay Food Bank on the morning of Monday, Dec. 12.

“I want to thank the people in Thunder Bay for their incredible generosity,” said Reino Pitkanen, Chair of the Thunder Bay Food Bank. “We were stunned to hear the amount collected. Our clientele is growing and the people of this wonderful city keep meeting the demands. Thunder Bay Transit employees are an amazing group. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped unload and sort the donations and the staff at Tim Horton’s on Waterloo for providing volunteers food and beverages.”

The Thunder Bay Food Bank supplies emergency help to people in need, and when possible, helps other organizations with food supply. The need is always greater in the winter and especially over the holidays.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 966 and Transit Services has served the community of Thunder Bay with safe, reliable, economical and eco-friendly Transit service for 123 years.

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