The Alberni Airborne Volleyball Club hopes to put a spike on hunger with its inaugural food drive on Saturday, Dec. 8 in front of Walmart.
Airborne members will be in front of Walmart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., hoping to fill the back of a Toyota Tundra with food donations.
Members of the Airborne are girls between the ages of 11 and 16. Coach Julie Anderson said the food drive is designed to be a character builder as well as a community event. The team has already held a bottle drive to help athletes pay for their team registrations. Now it’s the team’s turn to give back, Anderson said.
“We want to teach our girls to be thankful, appreciative and to teach them a sense of community—that we all help each other out,” she said.
Alberni Toyota has donated the use of the Tundra for the day, and the players will be at the front of Walmart in shifts to accept food donations.
This year the club expects to have three or four teams; up from two last year, Anderson said. The season runs from January to early May. The Airborne play all their games out of town, but practice at AW Neill Middle School and the Alberni Athletic Hall.
They will host the U16 Island championships from April 20–21, 2013.
“That’s going to be great volleyball,” Anderson said.