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Face Off Against Hunger at Don Cameron Potato Night!

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House of Friendship’s February Potato Blitz mascot Spuddy and retired broadcaster Don Cameron join Kitchener Rangers Connor Bunnaman, Joseph Garreffa and Adam Liska in inviting fans to donate cash and potatoes at this year’s Don Cameron Potato Night, set for Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Rangers fans will be asked once again to “face off” against hunger at this year’s Don Cameron Potato Night, the kickoff event to the month-long February Potato Blitz. Retired broadcaster Don Cameron and the Kitchener Rangers invite fans to drop off cash and potato donations on their way into the game at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m., when the Rangers take on the Saginaw Spirit.

In its 21-year history, Rangers fans have raised the equivalent of nearly half a million pounds of potatoes for families in need through Don Cameron Potato Night.

Last year, fans brought in over 6,000 lbs. of potatoes, which was matched by Zehrs Market Stores, as well as $7,300 in cash donations. Combined, this translated into nearly 50,000 lbs. of potatoes – a great kick start to February Potato Blitz! Let’s do it again this year, on Jan. 26!

Each year, House of Friendship uses more than 300,000 pounds of potatoes in its emergency food hampers and food assistance programs. When the potatoes run out, cash donations are used to buy more potatoes to meet ongoing needs.

Don Cameron Potato Night is the first of three February Potato Blitz events. On Saturday, Feb. 10, shoppers in the K.W. area can also “face off against hunger” and drop off cash donations and spuds at 28 participating supermarket locations during the Supermarket Potato Blitz from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lastly, share the gift of food at the Community Potato Lunch on Friday, Feb. 23 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener. Everyone is welcome to join us for a hearty, potato-themed meal that will provide the perfect end to this year’s February Potato Blitz. There is no cost for the lunch, but donations are gratefully accepted.

At other times, donations of potatoes can be given at the Emergency Food Hamper Program at 807 Guelph St., Kitchener, (Mon. – Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and at the Charles Street Men’s Shelter at 63 Charles St., E., Kitchener (anytime). Donations can also be made online.

To find out how your group, class, faith community or workplace can share the gift of food and host its own February Potato Blitz event, please contact Dawn Gill at 519-742-8327 x 119 or email specialevents@houseoffriendship.org.

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