Windsor band spreads festive cheer

Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps. (Photo courtesy of Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps)

The Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps is holding a food drive for the Unemployed Help Centre food bank in Windsor.

Food and money donations will be collected at the Walker Road Real Canadian Superstore on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The band will also perform. This is their third consecutive year of spreading holiday cheer by playing live music outside the store and asking the public to donate to help feed hungry people over the Christmas season and keep shelves stocked.

“We are so grateful for the efforts of our young people, especially at this time of year that’s all about giving,” said June Muir, CEO of the Unemployed Help Centre. “To see the next generation thinking of others and doing what they can to help is so inspiring.

“Because of their generosity we can continue to feed hungry people and fight hunger in the community,” Muir added.

Recently, the Diplomats won Best in Class at a competition in Kentucky and silver in Indianapolis. They are representing Canada at the West Virginia Strawberry Festival parade in May where they will perform for more than 100,000 people and receive television coverage on NBC.

The Drum and Bugle Corps is also looking to recruit 10 teenage members.