Giving back to the community, Tiretrackers hosts food drive

The Jacobs family, Melissa, Rider, Khloe and Floyd, stack customer donations of food in the Penske truck. The donations were part of an open house/food drive held at Tiretrackers in Port Colborne Saturday Sept. 24/2017.

For Floyd Jacobs, giving back to the community is very important to him as a Port Colborne business owner. The owner of Tiretrackers held an open house Saturday raising food donations for the Port Cares Reach Out Centre.

“We are calling it an open house for our customers but also making it a food drive for Port Cares,” Jacobs said. “September is hunger awareness month.”

They combined it with a kick-off of them being a new Penske Truck Rental dealer, the idea being to fill a Penske truck with food donations.

“We kind of are introducing people to that aspect of our store and inviting the public in as well who have never been to our store,” he said.

There was food and entertainment at the event as well.

“We were going to do this during Canal Days, we did raise $600 for Port Cares during Canal Days with a lemonade stand and barbecue as well as gathered food for the food bank,” Jacobs said.

“After that we decided to partner with the food bank, we’re going to constantly hold fundraisers/food drives to help the folks out in the community,” he said.

He plans on doing more in the immediate future.

“We’re going to do another one in the New Year,” Jacobs said. “We’re also going to do one before Christmas to gather hats and gloves for kids.”

“Growing up here in Port Colborne, having good times and bad times, having had times that I had to reach out to Port Cares and Ontario Works for money to help me get back on my feet. So, to be able to give back regularly means a lot to me,” he said.

“It’s all about being part of the community, not everyone in the world thinks this way, I wish they did, then there would be no one hungry,” he said.

“Did you know that we have a school here in Port Colborne that has 150 students with half of them on the lunch program from Port Cares,” he said. “I more businesses in Port Colborne would step up and help with this.”

“A little bit of time and help from my family and we are able to make a difference,” he said.

Tiretrackers will be holding future events, the next one will be around Christmas time to collect hats and gloves, watch their Facebook for the event posting. .



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