Empty Storage Fund: A Car Accident Victim Keeps Up With A Little Help From The Archway Food Bank

The only one that responded to Tammy’s plea was the Archway Food Bank.

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After a car accident in 2016, Tammy could no longer use her legs. Immobilized, she started working from home. Then when COVID-19 hit and the job dried up, the Glen Valley resident sought help from various agencies.


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The only one that responded to his plea was the Archway Food Bank.

“I called so many numbers,” said Tammy, who asked that we not use her last name due to her son’s request for anonymity. “And they were the only ones who would help. They heard what was happening and said, ‘You know what? We are going to help you. ‘ “

Located in Abbotsford, Archway is 17 miles, or half an hour’s drive, from Tammy. The food bank is among dozens of Christmas charities that receive funds from donations made by readers of The Province to the Empty Stocking Fund.

In early December, Archway was facing its “greatest need for support through our Christmas Office in nine years,” said Rebecca Thuro, food bank supervisor. “We already have 247 more families registered than in 2020 and we will be helping more than 800 households with gifts and Christmas baskets.”


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Due to the flooding in the area, the group faced supply chain problems and had to make adjustments to its menus for customers, resulting in increased costs and time.

“We are still facing supply chain issues and we have to make adjustments to our menus for food bank customers, which translates into increased costs and time. While the need is high, we have been amazed at the level of support from our community and individuals across Canada, ”said Thuro.

At the time of her accident, Tammy was working for Wrap Guys, a vinyl wrapping service for cars, trucks and boats. Removed and applied decals for the business, which started in Langley and is now located in Surrey.

“I won $ 3,500 and you are supposed to win $ 5,000 to get the CERB benefits. It worked where everything wasn’t going my way. “


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He was also going to court to get a settlement for the accident.

“It has taken all this time and I am still struggling. You have to prove everything. Archway didn’t even think about my need for help. I didn’t even have to fill out an application. “

Originally from Saint John, NB, Tammy moved to Vancouver 34 years ago with her sister and brother-in-law. He has worked at Clearview, a Langley plant nursery, and Buckerfield, an Abbotsford feed store.

“I liked doing things standing up,” he said.

Tammy also has a heart problem, asthma, and seizures. The 57-year-old man also lives with a dependent relative.

Archway delivers food to his mobile home once a month. A staff member also calls her a few times a month and sometimes she comes by. Neighbors help too.


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Life is still stressful, but a little less thanks to the Archway Food Bank.

“I have to speak to a therapist. I’m stuck in my house until ICBC builds the ramps. I also have to have handrails because I lose my balance and have already fractured my rib and broken a couple of fingers. My legs just fail and I don’t know when it will happen. This is not a good situation. But I’m fine “.

She is still in awe of how accommodating Archway has been.

“I get excited about that. It was unexpected. If I had the money, I would help them. They are my archangels. They were the only ones who cared at the time. And they help everyone who can. “



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