Carole and Jeff McColeman just love decorating their Hanmer home for Christmas. Their yard is crowded every year with light displays and decorations, including a full-sized Santa and sleigh pulled by reindeer.
The couple also donate to the Edgar Burton Food Drive for the Sudbury Food Bank yearly.
With many food drives cancelled or scaled back this year due to the pandemic, the McColemans decided to step up and do their part.
They’ve put a bin on their lawn, asking people admiring their light display to make contributions of non-perishable food in support of the Edgar Burton Food Drive.
This past weekend, they collected 78 pounds of food. The McColemans plan on continuing to collect food until Christmas.
“I thought ‘Why couldn’t we do this? Our decorations on the lawn are really nice,’” said Carole.
“This year we were decorating, and I said to my husband ‘Why don’t we put out some kind of bin or something and see if we can get anything? At least we’ll be able to give to people, right? There’s always somebody that needs food.”
Carole added that she’s noticed grocery prices have increased lately. “And people who have always had a problem buying groceries, there’s no way they can go and get a sizeable amount of groceries for Christmas for their families,” she said.
“We figure maybe this will give them the boost they need.”
If you’d like to check out the McColemans light display and contribute to the food bank, they live at 4819 Lafontaine St. in Hanmer.