Christmas hamper boxes from the Kitimat Food Bank. Dec. 10, 2020. Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel

Christmas hamper boxes from the Kitimat Food Bank. Dec. 10, 2020. Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel

Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal underway once again

Last year, 250 hampers were filled and $98,583 was donated, the largest amount in over 60 years

The Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal is once again underway as Christmas is right around the corner.

In 2020, over 250 hampers were filled as $98,583 was donated, the highest amount in over 60 years. Last year there were boxes of food, gifts and toys donated. Local businesses, churches and organizations also donated food throughout the year, although this was limited to some extent due to the going COVID-19 pandemic.

The Christmas Hamper Appeal is an initiative by the Kitimat Food Bank Society and is run entirely by volunteers. Currently, they are the only ones in Kitimat and Kitimaat Village

The hampers include a cash voucher, food items and gifts for children. Clothing is not given as a gift except for, mitts, gloves, toques and other items that aren’t based on size.

Once again, due to COVID-19, the hampers must be picked up at the Food Bank between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Donations and gifts must be dropped off at the Food Bank by Dec. 6 while hamper requests must be completed and dropped off by Dec. 2.

“Thank you all for your ongoing support – we could not continue to function without your generosity,” said Luella Froess, the publicity chair for the Kitimat Food Bank Society.

Envision Financial Credit Union will also be setting up a Christmas tree in their office where people can drop off donations.