Laurel Macanley

Laurel Macanley

Motor homers play Santa to area’s needy

When the Vancouver Islanders roll into a town, they usually leave something good behind.

When the Vancouver Islanders roll into a town, they usually leave something good behind.

During a recent visit to Storey’s Beach, nearly two dozen motorhomes filled the parking lot of the famous beach and held their version of Christmas in July.

When they were done, the area’s needy had seven full boxes of food and close to 300 bucks — all of which was handed over to Port Hardy Harvest Food Bank manager Cheryl Elliott.

The  Vancouver Islanders is a 180-member chapter of the international Family Motor Coach Association  and do several trips a year with varying number of motor homes.

“We do about four trips a year,” said Art Jackson, a member from Victoria.

The group at Storey’s Beach  seemed to have a blast.

Food was cooking on a massive barbecue, folks were laughing and telling stories.

The participants held a 50/50 draw that raised about $280 for the local food bank after the winner, an unidentified woman, donated the cash to the food bank.

Laurel Macanley, a member of the motor-home club from Nanoose Bay, said giving to the communites they visit makes everyone feel good.

“I know we feel good donating food and other things, and I hope the people who receive it feel a little better knowing people out here care.”

The group’s next trip takes it to Buttle Lake, in the Campbell River area.

“I know we’ll do something for the community while we’re there, I’m just not sure what it is yet,” said Jackson.