Local Realtor donates truck full of goods to Airdrie Food Bank
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 11:53 am
Local Realtor, Steve Throndson, decided to do something new this year for the holidays and opted to give back in a big way.
“Every year at Christmas, I send out cards to my clients and deliver a little gift to the ones who have used me as the agent over the last year or my ‘regulars,’” Throndson said in an email to Airdrie City View. “(This year) rather than deliver a bunch of little gifts to people who don’t really need it, I thought why not use this as an opportunity to give back and help those in need.”
With that Throndson scoured the local grocery stores for the best deals and filled the back of his pick-up truck with about $1,000 worth of food, diapers, and cleaning supplies. On Dec. 20, 2013, he donated the entire haul to the Airdrie Food Bank.
“There are people who are far less fortunate who probably really need this right now,” Throndson said of his motivation for the donation.
The Realtor said he hopes to expand the donation next year and get his family involved in lieu of some of the gifts.
Throndson said he got the idea to donate (food instead of gifts) from the Airdrie Lynx Air Cadet Squadron’s campaign to fill a truck with food for the food bank.
“I heard on the radio the Airdrie Air Cadets were looking to raise enough donations to fill a pick-up truck and I thought to myself that it would be great to help them fill their truck. Then I thought, Airdrie is such a giving community, I’m sure they’ll have no trouble filling up one truck, maybe I’ll just fill and deliver my own and hopefully create a little awareness for their food drive at the same time,” he said.
The air cadets raised a combined total of more than $8,300 of food in their two food drives on Sept. 28, 2013 and Dec. 1, 2013.
Thorndson paid for the about $1,000 worth of goods himself and said he encourages others to give back if they can.
“This area (Airdrie) has been so good to us that I feel it’s our duty to give back and improve the community,” he said.