After a season of giving the Estevan Salvation Army is well-stocked with food and funds for the coming year.
The holiday season is an important one for their food bank as community efforts include the kettlebell fundraiser, the CP Rail Holiday Train, and other fundraising events.
Community ministries director Ronza Reynard says they found success over the season.
"We came in, we had a good budget of $125,000 and we came in on target and so that was really good. We actually came in just over target at $131,000, so that was excellent. We had 13,000 lbs of food donated over Christmas. So our food bank shelves are nicely stocked for these first couple of months into the New Year."
Reynard says the need for food means that even with such a successful season it's not long before those stores will be worked through.
She thanked all of the community members and volunteers who helped to make the season so successful.
"We are so very thankful for them and we really appreciate everything that everybody did to help us in this season, for all of our kettle volunteers, those who stood on kettles on a number of shifts, those who tried it for the first time, and helped us that way, that was great. We had volunteers at the holiday train, so that was excellent."
"(Along with) those who stopped in and helped in the food bank to sort food, helped in the thrift store as a volunteer to put through donations and stuff like that. The community really came together over that Christmas season, that 6 to 8 weeks of Christmas, and it was very successful and we're very pleased with the outcome this year."