Can Man Dan celebrates 10 years with one other camp-out for Edmonton’s Meals Financial institution
It’s been 10 years since Dan Johnstone, aka Can Man Dan, first spent a freezing night in the back of a cube, but it certainly wasn’t his last.
Another year has started, but luckily the weather helped this time and gave Johnstone a little respite from the freezing temperatures he’s used to.
“It’s my 10th anniversary and for once it’s nice weather and I’m working on my tan and it’s beautiful – I love it,” said Johnstone.
On Thursday, Johnstone launched its third four-day 2020 Christmas Camp at Heritage Safeway, 2304 109 St., in South Edmonton, accepting both food donations for Edmonton’s Food Bank and new toy donations for Santas Anonymous. He was there around the clock until Sunday evening, collecting donations.
Johnstone’s goal this year is to raise 100,000 pounds of groceries and $ 100,000 in brand new toys. By Saturday, he had raised £ 20,000 of groceries, and in just two toy rides, has already exceeded his $ 100,000 toy goal.
Initially, he was concerned that COVID-19 might affect donations, but Johnstone says it was the exact opposite as Edmontoners came out in droves.
“It’s been busier than ever and I’m very, very grateful and grateful,” said Johnstone, who grew up in a low-income single parent household and knows firsthand how tough the holiday season can be for some.
“When I started I said COVID can’t take Christmas and that was my main goal. There are many children who are in the same situation that I grew up in. It just means a lot to see that people haven’t forgotten the real meaning of Christmas and are still out there giving and doing their part. “
Johnstone is hoping to raise the remainder of the £ 80,000 grocery donation before Christmas with plans for another camp-out at Southbrook Sobeys, 1109 James Mowatt Trail SW, 21-24. December.
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