Cascades collecting for Food Bank

Chilliwack's Alexa McCarthy leads the University of the Fraser Valley athletic department, collecting for the Abbotsford Food Bank.

Chilliwack native Alexa McCarthy once again has UFV athletes Walking and Knocking for the Abbotsford Food Bank.

The UFV basketball star spearheading the initiative last year, and continues it this year. Cascade players from nine varsity squads will be out and about from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, looking for donations of non-perishable food.

The athletics department will also be setting up drop boxes in the lobby of the Envision Athletic Centre.

“This is a difficult time of year for many families, and if we can do our small part to help the Abbotsford Food Bank I think that is nothing but positive,” said UFV women’s basketball coach Al Tuchscherer. “I’m proud of Alexa (McCarthy) for initiating this drive and making a difference in our community.”

McCarthy was the recipient of the UFV Cascades 2011-12 Outstanding Community Award for her volunteering for the Abbotsford Food Bank, organizing of the Cascades CIS “Shoot for the Cure” night to fight breast cancer and numerous other very successful ventures to assist people in the Fraser Valley.

“Our department is constantly making efforts to make community service a part of our identity. We are really excited about this opportunity to help those in need and look forward to using our time off from games to help out a great cause,” said McCarthy.

Get info at abbotsfordfoodbank.com