11 tonnes of food, almost $18K donated during Sounds of the Season - and there's still time to give

Windsor-Essex is giving back in big way during CBC Windsor's Sounds of the Season food drive — 11 tonnes of food and almost $18,000 dollars have been collected so far.

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 31

Video Journalist Dale Molnar, left, shoots a live broadcast of Windsor Morning while newsreader Peter Duck and host Tony Doucette put on a special show from Drouillard Place on Dec. 15. (Kaitie Fraser/CBC)

Windsor-Essex is giving back in big way during CBC Windsor's Sounds of the Season — 11 tonnes of food and almost $18,000 dollars have been collected so far.

And there's still time to donate. We'll be accepting food and monetary gifts at CBC Place on Riverside Drive W. for the Windsor Essex Food Bank Association until Dec. 31.

A day-long celebration began Friday with a special Windsor Morning broadcast live from Drouillard Place. Host Tony Doucette and the rest of the morning crew were joined by area artists, musicians and donors for a morning of fundraising and performances.

A canoe crammed with food even floated in, courtesy of the Essex County Canoe Club.

Reporter Chris Ensing also had a special day, following tonnes of food as it was loaded onto planes and flown to remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, including vegetables and soup mix prepared by the Ontario Gleaners in Leamington.

As nearly 2,000 kilograms of food — including some holiday turkeys — were dropped off in Fort Hope, Councillor Harry Papah described the bounty as "very generous."

In the evening, CBC Windsor News at 6 host Arms Bumanlag greeted guests ahead of a live show from the Unemployed Help Centre.

CBC Windsor News at 6 host Arms Bumanlag led a live broadcast from the Unemployed Help Centre during Sounds of the Season. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

A car packed with food gathered at Hotel-Dieu Grace Heathcare arrived just before the broadcast began and set the tone for an evening jammed with generosity including financial donations from the Windsor Islamic Council and Caesars Windsor.

Again, there's still time to donate. We'll be accepting food and monetary gifts at CBC Place on Riverside Drive W. for the Windsor Essex Food Bank Association until Dec. 31.