Manitoba's second largest food bank has undergone some upgrades in Brandon thanks to a sizable donation from the Murray family.
Mildred Murray, her son Doug and his wife Laurie Murray and the Murray Auto Group donated $250,000 to Samaritan House Ministries. “This is the single biggest donation for Samaritan House since opening in Brandon 30 years ago” said Executive Director Thea Dennis.
The money was donated to the group's capital campaign. “The donation allowed us to build new office space for staff and work on accessibility for future classroom space through construction of a wheelchair-friendly hallway.”
“It all started when Thea approached Doug at the dealership about some fund raising and I got on board and donated even more and then the auto group made a contribution” said Mildred Murray a lifelong Brandon resident and strong community supporter.
Mildred Murray added it's nice to give back to such a worthwhile cause in the city.
In 2016 Samaritan House through its food bank handed out 19,000 food hampers and Thea Dennis says the numbers keep climbing.
“We still have a third phase to our capital project and that is to construct a kitchen and cafeteria in the basement of our Pacific Avenue building” said Thea Dennis.
Samaritan House runs several programs in Brandon including its Safe and Warm Shelter. This past winter 114 people used the shelter and its services.