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Edmonton's Can Man Dan camps out before Christmas for the food bank

With just few days left before Christmas, an Edmonton man is back to his old tricks — braving bitter cold temperatures to raise food and funds for Edmonton’s Food Bank.

Can Man Dan Johnstone took to the streets last month in an effort to raise 16,000 lbs. of food for the local food bank, but fell shy by about 4,000.

“I didn’t quite reach my goal the first time, so I'm back out here to finish what I started,” Johnstone explained, noting that bad roads and temperatures as low as – 40C contributed to missing the collection target.

While he was able to collect just over 12,000 pounds in 60 hours, about three pounds per minute, Johnstone wasn’t satisfied.

“I was just a little shy of my goals so I came out here for 60 more hours just to tie things up, tie up those loose ends,” he smiled Sunday in front of the Southbrook Sobeys.

With the goal of collecting 5,000 pounds and about $6,800 by Christmas Eve, Johnstone will be out front of the store from open to close.

“Everyone is so generous, this is Edmonton after all — the city of champs,” he said about the reaction from Sobeys patrons about the collection effort.

Jim Hilborn, a Sunday shopper, said he was happy to offer a donation on his way out of the store.

“It’s - 25C and I think it's always good to help out families when it's Christmas time and cold like this,” Hilborn said.

Edmonton Food Bank spokesperson Tamisan Bencz-Knight said Johnstone continues to amaze the local organization with his generosity.

“The kind of commitment Dan demonstrates towards Edmonton’s Food Bank is inspiring,” Bencz-Knight said. “Not many people have the determination and selflessness to brave these extreme elements on behalf of others.”

Johnstone will be set up in front of the south side Sobeys, located on 1109 James Mowatt Trail SW until 6 p.m. on Dec. 24.

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