Big man and big heart combine for Food Bank charity

Big Al Pangborn stands by the end dump hauler he is hoping to fill with donations for the Morinville Food Bank Society. – Monday Morning News Staff Photo

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – One would expect a guy named Big Al to drive a big truck. And when one considers Al’s business is providing landscaping supplies to the region, one would expect that big truck to have a big trailer – a massive one, actually. But this weekend, Big Al’s hauler (called an end dump) is looking to haul something other than the customary rock and gravel it hauls throughout the year.

Al Pangborn, owner of Big Al’s Custom Hauling and Landscaping Supplies, located on 100 Street south of the tracks, is holding a food drive for the Morinville Food Bank Society July 16 and he’s looking to fill a goodly portion of his hauler.
“They need help,” Pangborn said of the local charity. “They need help bad ever since Slave Lake. We just want to help them. I know they are in dire straits big time. So I thought, ‘We better help our own right now.’”

Pangborn said he’s been planning the event for a while – both his July 16 event which will feature a barbecue and door prizes, but also his behind the scenes efforts to encourage other Morinville businesses to get involved.

“We went to a lot of businesses and we’re going to have a draw,” Pangborn said. “Whatever business wins gets a pizza party. Pangborn is hoping the party, provided courtesy of Sobeys, will encourage Morinville’s business community to participate in helping the local charity. Additionally, Pangborn has been holding a draw for a pair of Eskimo tickets – the cost of the draw being a cash donation to the Food Bank of a dollar or more.

But the landscape supply supplier is hoping everyone in Morinville, South Glens, Cardiff and Cardiff Echoes will come out to support the initiative Saturday. The food drive takes place July 16 at Big Al’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and businesses are encouraged to drop off their food bank donations to Big Al’s, Morinville Sobeys or Hunters Print Shop from now until July 16.

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