Paramedic students donate 560 pounds of food to The Sharing Shop

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Second year paramedic students, Colton Muhlethaler and Aden Corbitt, smile with pride putting the 560 pounds of food from a food bank they hosted on the shelves of The Sharing Shop.

With a second year project as­signed, one group decided to make a difference amongst fellow stu­dents.

It’s a project where students have to create an initiative and one group decided to donate to The Sharing Shop on campus.

Amongst the group were Colton Muhlethaler and Aden Corbitt and they were the lucky ones who got to deliver the 560 pounds of food to the shop on March 27.

“I didn’t expect it to go this well,” said Muhlethaler, a second year paramedic student, “I think we have to give a lot of credit to Sobeys and how easy they made it for us.”

The students brought two ambu­lances to the Sobeys on Adelaide on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They were accompanied by an­other group of paramedic students who were doing their community initiative project on the Food Bank, but both groups decided to team up.

“Rather than do two separate events, we did one big event with 11 students,” Muhlethaler said.

With many hands to get the job done, the students began their day of a food drive and many London­ers were excited to give.

By the end of the day, the stu­dents managed to get 173 bags of food, with five items in each at $5 per bag. The food equaled out to just over 1,100 pounds or $800 in groceries split two ways.

When asked why the group de­cided to focus on The Sharing Shop, Muhlethaler was quick to respond.

“Mainly because The Sharing Shop is our own community…and so that was definitely an important thing that we wanted to hit.”

Muhlethaler also added that stu­dents should not have to struggle just to put food on their shelves and if their fundraising can make a dif­ference then that is what they will do.”

“It’s not easy going through school and [students shouldn’t] have to make the tough call be­tween tuition and food.”

According to Amy Romao, administrative support-services with the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU), as well as the co-ordinator of The Sharing Shop, she is more than grateful for the donations.

“We really appreciate Colton and his crew and how they pulled together and got this donation here for our students.”

According to Romao, this kind of initiative is welcomed.

“This is excellent initiative and we always appreciate donations as The Sharing Shop does thrive on donations and volunteers, so all the more donations that we can get, the better,” Romao said. “If students want to pool together their resourc­es or use The Sharing Shop for their year end projects in the future we are here to assist the students, I will gladly helps them to accomplish goals and initiatives.”