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Legacy of ‘Val’s Ton in a Tundra’ food collection drive lives on, now in 18th year

Val Venneri is retired from his job as sales manager at James’ Toyota, but his legacy of collecting food for the needy at Christmas continues.

The 18th annual “Val’s Ton in a Tundra” event goes this Friday at six grocery stores in the city.  It’s for food baskets to be distributed by the Cochrane District Social Planning Council. Executive director Trisha Turner says it will always be “Val’s Ton in a Tundra”.

“It’s a nice way to commemorate all that he’s done with the 17 years that he’s been a part of the project and he’s still very much involved,” she observes.

The “Tundra” part of the name comes from the model of Toyota pick-up truck.

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All day Friday, shoppers at the six participating stores will be asked to contribute food or cash towards the food baskets for the needy.

“It’s individuals that access food programs and that without these boxes wouldn’t necessarily get to enjoy a Christmas meal,” Turner says.


  • Giant Tiger Timmins
  • Alan’s No Frills
  • Dailey’s Independent
  • Pick of the Crop
  • Timmins Foodland
  • Food Basics Timmins
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