Last year, in a uniquely creative and colourful way, 32 families along Leuty and Violet Avenues raised $5,560 for the Daily Bread Food Bank through the Daily Flag for Daily Bread project. Organized by Michelynn Laflèche and Benedict Hilliard, the project was inspired by the tradition of Advent. Participating members along these two Beach streets fly an individually created flag outside their home, adding one per day from Dec. 1 until Jan. 1. The flags are then auctioned off, with all money donated to the food bank.
“Last year we raised a lot of money and food donations,” said Laflèche. “We raised a lot of awareness about how poverty is affecting people and how food banks do help. And we built a community committed to fighting hunger and using community-based projects to do so.”
This year they are hoping to beat last year’s totals, and are aiming to raise $7500.
The campaign was set to kick off with a ‘First Flag’ party Dec. 1, as Laflèche and Hilliard unveiled a flag at their home at 58 Leuty Ave. Visit the website and watch as each flag is unveiled, and make bids online at dailyflagfordailybread.wordpress.com. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.