EDMONTON – An Edmonton man is embracing winter again to help the less fortunate.
“We’re taking non-perishables, we’re taking turkeys, we’re taking monetary donations. Whatever you can spare we’ll take it,” Johnstone said.
He’ll be camping outside the Southgate Safeway until Sunday at 6 p.m., and the campaign was off to a good start Thursday.
“We’ve just got started and we got donations everywhere. It’s been crazy. The public has been so receptive of this event,” Johnstone said.
Johnstone stays warm with blankets and a sleeping bag from home. He says it’s all he needs and “more than I deserve, frankly.”
It’s the fifth straight year Johnstone is spearheading the campaign. He started the initiative to give back to an organization that gave to him.
“I used to be a recipient of the Edmonton Food Bank. They took care of my mother and I and my brother when we were growing up,” explained Johnstone. “And more often than not they put food on our table.”
This year Can Man Dan is taking his campaign on the road. He’ll be camping out in Fort McMurray Dec. 8th-10th, Lethbridge Dec. 17th-20th, and back in Edmonton Dec. 22nd-24th.