Cram the Cruiser event a huge success

Donations collected fill 20 shopping buggies

Volunteers working on the Hamper Appeal have had a busy few weeks and this week will be preparing to sort, wrap, and fill them as Christmas Hampers will be delivered on Saturday, December 15, beginning at 10 a.m.

For those expecting a hamper, please ensure that an adult or responsible teen is at home to sign for the hamper or it will be returned to the Food Bank and can be picked up later.

On Saturday, Gareen Ball, with the support of Bell Media, hosted her annual Christmas show at Kyle’s No Frills and, through the generosity of Kitimat shoppers, not only “crammed the cruiser” but filled an RCMP truck to the brim (that then filled 20 shopping buggies).

Thank you to the RCMP for spending five plus hours greeting people and accepting donations. Gareen’s guests included representatives from the RCMP, Envision Financial, Kyle from Kyle’s No Frills and Bell Media – thank you all for helping Gareen host another successful Christmas program.

Once again our thanks goes out to Jim Ferguson for donating his hand-carved “snail” rocker and “Lego” table with chairs (as there is only one of each of these special gifts names of children in the appropriate age groups are put “in a hat” and two names are drawn, one for each gift).

Other donations for the week include: K Monto $50; Anonymous $5; Anonymous $5; Michele DaCosta $50; K Havery $20; D&O Grant $20; D Kelly $100, Mountainview Alliance Church $105.31 and Gyro Club of Kitimat $400 bringing our total to $7527.96.

Financial donations made to “Cram the Cruiser” will be included in next week’s report. Donations may still be dropped off at the Henny’s Sharing Tree at Kitimat Insurance, Envision Financial (they can receipt cash donations) or the Food Bank; cash donations may also be mailed to Box 20, V8C 2G6 and receipts for income taxes will be provided for donations of $10 or more.

For those organizations/businesses etc. who are providing drivers and vehicles (covered preferably especially If weather is inclement) be at the lower level parking lot of Christ the King Catholic Church for 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, December 15th, in order to begin deliveries by 10 a.m. More hands make less work and everything moves quickly when there are enough people to help – thank you.

Thank you for all the volunteers who work tirelessly to make the Christmas Hamper Appeal such a success, not only at Christmas but throughout the year.

Thank you to the people who delivered food from the Food Bank to the Catholic Church Hall – church members, Demons and other families. Thank you to Kitimat Insurance and Envision Financial for providing their Christmas trees for donations.

Thanks to all the media who continue to “get the word out” for us every year. There will be an article out next week than a final one in the new year. Thank you all and please continue to donate as we are a long way from last year’s total of $39,000 – we are the only agency providing full Christmas hampers to people in Kitimat and Kitamaat Village.

Thank you media people – you are such a tremendous help.

Sincerely

Luella Froess

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