Chiropractors Bring Wiarton Ontario Food Bank Some HOPE

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

Wiarton, ON: It was another huge (Chiropractic) HOPE day in Wiarton, Ontario thanks to the efforts of local chiropractors and their patients.

“We’re going to need some more manpower” commented one of the volunteers from the Wiarton Salvation Army Food Bank upon entering the reception area of the Wiarton Family Chiropractic Centre to pick up the proceeds of 9th annual H.O.P.E. Day food drive.

An overwhelming pile of food, which ultimately weighed in at a whopping 2,044 pounds, awaited him and others who came to box the goods for delivery to the Wiarton area Food Bank. “The members of our practice have opened their hearts and shared their blessings again” said Dr. Steven Silk as he helped load the bounty from the Brown Street facility into awaiting vans and pickup trucks.

“I truly believe that the heart of any community is found in the small acts of kindness one person does for another” said Dr. Silk. “When a whole bunch of people each do a little, you end up with this”, motioning to the boxes being loaded into the vans and trucks outside the clinic. When asked why this event is always so successful, he said “What we do in our office each day is to reconnect people to their health, and in doing so, help them reconnect to the important things in life.”

H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Eat) has brought in 17,434 pounds of food since being developed by Dr. Silk’s partner and wife, Dr. Raelynn Cancel, in 1996. “While it is vital for communities to be supportive of their friends and neighbours, I wish this wasn’t necessary” said Dr. Cancel in explaining the exchange of fees for food concept of the food drive. “But the undeniable truth is that the number of people contacting the food bank is going up, at a time when donations are low.”

Salvation Army Envoy Mary Millar agreed, stating “The timing of this event and the volume of food it brings in are truly gifts from God.” She commented that the severe weather recently had again led to a significant increase in the number of families seeking help. “Without this event each year, I don’t know how we could do it” she said.

“We’d like to thank everyone who made a donation, no matter how big or how small, for each of you has done your part to make life a little easier for your fellow citizens” said Dr. Silk, “We’re proud to have you as members of our practice, and our town.”

Wiarton Family Chiropractic Center is located at 417 Brown St. in Wiarton, Ontario. Dr. Steven J. Silk can be reached by telephone at 519 534-1330 @ 2:04 pm | Article ID: 1076709855