Can Man Dan at it again to help Edmonton’s less fortunate

Edmonton's Can Man Dan camps outside for a 5th consecutive year to raise money and donations for the Food Bank, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Geoff Stickle, Global News

EDMONTON – An Edmonton man is embracing winter again to help the less fortunate.

Dan Johnstone – also known as Can Man Dan – started the 2015 Moving out Hunger campaign Thursday morning with the goal of raising 30,000 lbs of food, $25,000 and awareness for Edmonton’s Food Bank.

“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.”

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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.

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