A Brandon woman who was a finalist in a national contest has donated her winnings — five cases of Shreddies cereal — to the Samaritan House food bank in Brandon.
Sharon Craig, who is a volunteer cook at the neighbouring Helping Hands soup kitchen, was selected as a top-five finalist in the Shreddies "Search For Goodness" contest.
As a finalist, she'll bring home five cases of the distinctive crosshatched cereal, which she has chosen to donate to the food bank. Five cases consits of 120 boxes of cereal.
The nation-wide contest was launched in September and Canadians had until Nov. 24 to nominate those they felt demonstrated genuine goodness by going above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.
A panel of judges selected by Shreddies then reviewed the nominations and shortlisted five genuinely good nominations and their stories. Canadians had until Jan. 3 to vote for who they believed deserves to have their story shared across the country in a national television spot. The votes are being tallied and the winner will be announced on March 3, 2014.
The retired Craig, 67, has been working at the food bank for eight years and still starts work at 6 a.m. five days a week, where she cooks for 125-150 people.
"You’re more than a cook, you’re more than a co-ordinator," she told the Sun late last year. "We’ve become someone to them and it’s a lot of responsibility."
In all the years she has been working at Helping Hands, she said little has changed.
"I’m still seeing the same people," she said. "We have the same people all the time, that’s their home and I don’t think it will ever change. They just keep coming in day after day.
"I don’t know how you can change it, some of them are really trying to get on their feet, but it’s one step forward and two steps back and I see it on a daily basis," she said. "You really get to like the people."