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Macleod residents fix sandwiches with soul

Back row, from left: Shannon Wilde, Christina Thomas, Lindsey Zielinski, Tenille McDougall, Desiray Vandervalk, Kathy Deginnus and Jacqueline Sharp. Front row, from left: Teresa Oystreck, Darcie Herweyer, Jocelyn Toth and Christien Beusekom.

MELANIE CERVO, GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Fort Macleod has launched its first sandwich angel build to help citizens in need by providing more than 1,000 sandwiches to local organizations.
Lindsey Zielinski who hosted and organized the first sandwich build of Fort Macleod, got a group of volunteers together to make 1,008 peanut butter and jam sandwiches and ham sandwiches.
The sandwiches were donated to both to the Foothills Centre in Fort Macleod and Streets Alive in Lethbridge.
“The organizations can distribute them as they see fit,” Zielinski said. “Streets Alive does not currently have a lunch program so this is great for those people in need.”
In order to keep the sandwich build going the group will need $9,000 in donations each year.
The goal is to continue the event once a month with the help of local volunteers.
Zielinski will be looking to local businesses to sponsor in the months to come, plans to send out letters and come up with some fund-raising events to help fund the campaign.
With Soul, founded by Christina Thomas and April Baggs of Calgary, has several different operations including a used coats program for those in need and toys for kids.
Last year, With Soul made 25,000 sandwiches going out to the city of Calgary
“Eventually we would like this to go Canada-wide” Thomas said.
If you would like to help by donating time Lindsey Zielinski has a Facebook page called Sandwiches with Soul Lethbridge/Fort Macleod Area.
Future sandwich builds will be done at the Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre kitchen on the first Monday of the month from 1-4 p.m.
For businesses that would like to donate there is a donation tab on the Web site www.sandwicheswithsoul.com.

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