Cement trucks and chocolate bars are not a typical holiday combination, but this year the two are coming together to support those who need assistance the most.
The Comox Bay Care Society, which operates the Care-A-Van mobile healthcare unit, and Cumberland Ready Mix Ltd. are teaming up this month to sell chocolate bars by donation with all funds going to the society.
“We’re going to have a cement truck completely decorated and we’ll be playing music on Fifth Street,” explained Dale Erhart, president of the Comox Bay Care Society, which has formed a partnership with Ready Mix owner Keith Tatton, who donated the full cost of producing 500 chocolate bars.
The bars - available for a minimum donation of $5 - have a custom wrapper featuring the image of the decorated Christmas truck, and will be offered in both milk and dark chocolate.
Erhart said 100 per cent of proceeds raised will be donated to the society.
“In the past people have been very generous. Our new co-ordinator Sabina Acheson will be onboard (the Care-A-Van) to offer tours to show people the medial assistance we offer (on board).”
The cement truck and van will be in front of the Scotiabank Thursday, Dec. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10 in the afternoon in front of Canadian Tire on Cliffe Avenue.
Erhart explained over seven years of operation, the Care-A-Van has served “thousands of individuals” and provided medical care throughout the Valley, including Cumberland.
Its services have expanded to include a dentist, denturist, optometrist, chiropractor and other medical services, and Erhart added the Comox Bay Care Society is now a go-to trusted source for anyone looking for assistance to various agencies.