Kadee Masch, Kenzie Loran, Save On Foods’ John Riecker and First Canada’s Paul Le Black, Marcella Velissimo and Shannon Snow pack the donations during the Stuff The Bus event held on November 30. (Photo Gerry Leibel)

Hamper drive gets a welcome boost, from a bus!

There’s still time!

The 2019 Christmas Hamper Appeal is well underway with Santa’s elves collecting donations of non-perishable food and gifts from various locations around town.

Last week First Canada held their “Stuff the Bus” outside Save On Foods accepting six buggies of food, gifts and over $300. This week CFNR held their “Fill the Van” outside Save On Food receiving three buggies of food and gifts as well as over $500.

Thank you to both these groups and thank you to Save On Foods for making up the packages of food for customers to purchase and donate to the Appeal. Staff from Mr. Mike’s stopped by the Food Bank with their donations of gifts and cash.

Cash donations to date include: A&E Pfeffer $100; S. Parris-Yates (in memory of Hilda Shea) $259.06; JA Hildebrandt $100; R McLeod $200; Anonymous $100; Pacific Cornerstone Baptist Church $240; M. Grant $100; Anonymous $50; M. Sohm $100; Stuff the Bus $328.70 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 993, Kamloops, B.C. $500 bringing us a total of $2077.76 to date. Thank you, everyone, for your generous donations.

Gareen Ball will host her annual Christmas Show outside No Frills on Saturday, December 14, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please drop by with your donations of non-perishable food, gifts and cash and wish Gareen and her guests a very Merry Christmas.

Once again a reminder to those wishing to receive a hamper, please pick up and complete an application form by Thursday, December 12.

Request forms can be picked up at the Food Bank on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Social Services Office, Food Share and Horizon House during their regular hours.

Completed applications must be dropped off at the Food Bank and, if closed, please drop through the mail slot. Phone requests are not accepted and late applications will go on a waiting list.

Your generosity during this Christmas season is what helps the Food Bank continue to operate throughout the year assisting those less fortunate than we are. Each hamper includes a gift certificate (for a turkey, ham, etc.) as well as the fixings for a Christmas dinner.

Gifts are given for children 12 and under and gifts cards are wonderful for the teens – music downloads, swim/skating passes, etc. Gifts from our local businesses allow the teens to purchase something they would like and helps the local economy.

We would like to receive unwrapped gifts by December 17 so they can be sorted and wrapped prior to packing.

Donations can be placed under the Envision Financial Credit Union Christmas Tree or Kitimat Insurance Services (Henning Sharing Tree). Envision will also accept and provide receipts for cash donations. Receipts are provided for all donations over $10 for income tax purposes.

Christmas Hamper week is December 15-21 with hamper delivery date December 21 beginning at 10 a.m.

A responsible teen or adult must be at home to sign for the hamper or it will be returned to the Food Bank for pick up later that day or the following Monday.

For those organizations that help deliver the hampers on December 21, please contact me at 65lfroess@telus.net with the names of drivers and vehicles (preferably covered). I am sorry but we are not able to have children or teens assist with the deliveries.

Again our deepest thanks to all the media for their ongoing support every year with our Appeal. To all organizations, schools, businesses and individuals – please keep the donations coming in. Last year over $40,000 was donated allowing us to fill over 300 hampers and continue to operate the Food Bank throughout the year. Thank you all.

Sincerely

Luella Froess

Publicity Chair

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