By Luella Froess
With Christmas fast approaching the Kitimat Food Bank Society would like to remind those applying for the Christmas hampers this year to get their applications in as soon as possible.
Deliveries will be made on Saturday, December 21, and applications for hampers must be in by Wednesday, December 12. Request forms can be picked up at the Food Bank on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the Social Services Office, Food Share and Horizon House during their regular office hours.
Completed applications must be dropped off at the Food Bank – if we’re closed, please deposit the applications through the mail slot. Phone requests will not be accepted and late forms will go on a waiting list.
Requests from Kitamaat Village may be picked up at the Band Office, completed and returned to the Band Office by Tuesday, December 10.
One request per household, please, and remember to include the names of eligible adults as well as names and ages of any children.
Donations of gifts and non-perishable food may be placed under the Envision Financial Credit Union Christmas tree and under the Kitimat Insurance Services (Henning Sharing Tree) on the upper level of City Centre Mall. As we are obliged to follow the Food Safe Rules for B.C. we are unable to accept any home-canned items – fruit, vegetables, fish etc.
We provide new toys for all children 12 and under and like to include gifts for all teens. We request all gifts be unwrapped (we have a wonderful committee to do this job) so that we can see what gifts we have, for what age group and whether for a girl or boy.
For the teens: gift cards for music downloads, phone cards, toiletries, restaurants or swim/skating passes are wonderful. Gift certificates from local merchants are also a great idea as this enables recipients to purchase something they would enjoy as well as supporting the local economy.
We do not give clothing as gifts apart from mitts, gloves, toques, socks, earmuffs etc. as sizing is a problem. Other suggestions for gifts include: Elf on the Shelf, hoverboard, sewing machine, games, Lego, fingernail and makeup items for little girls, Elf house, a diary with a lock, mannequin head for hair styling, hair items, lip balm, headbands, craft items; hot wheels and tracks, hockey gear, pogo stick, magic kit, comics and puzzles as well as books (Wings of Fire, Dragon Rider, Parrot & Bird etc.) – let your imagination soar as to what you think a child would like, particularly in the 9-12-year-old age groups as we often receive lots of gifts for infants for kids up to eight years old.
We would appreciate receiving all unwrapped gifts by December 17 so they can be sorted and wrapped in time for packing. Cash donations may be mailed to Box 20, V8C 2G6, or dropped off at Envision Credit Union or at the Food Bank. Receipts for income tax purposes are issued for donations of $10 or more.
Thank you all for your anticipated donations.