Kitimat Christmas Hamper season upon us

The annual Christmas Hamper campaign has begun again for a new year.

Christmas 2015 is fast approaching and the Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal is once again underway.

In 2014 the citizens of Kitimat, Kitamaat Village and some Terrace businesses generously donated the amazing amount of $52,186.93 enabling us to fill over 225 Christmas hampers and to continue assisting the less fortunate in Kitimat and Kitamaat Village throughout the year.

We also received numerous boxes of food, gifts and toys thanks to you all.  We have also received donations of food from the various churches and local organizations throughout the year. A very successful food drive was held by the Latter Day Saints in September bringing in numerous boxes of non-perishable food.

The Christmas Hamper Appeal is under the auspices of the Kitimat Food Bank Society.  Our organization is run strictly by volunteers and the majority of the donations are used for the needy with a small portion going for operating expenses. We are the only organization distributing Christmas hampers in Kitimat and Kitamaat Village.

Christmas hampers include a voucher (for a turkey, ham or other) along with the trimmings for a Christmas dinner.  School children, churches and other community groups donate a significant amount of the food.  New toys are included for children 12 and under. We include gifts for all teens and adults and appreciate receiving gift certificates for music downloads, books/magazines, swim/skating passes, phone cards, toiletries, flowers, restaurants, or other gifts suitable for teens, women and men.

Gift certificates from local merchants are a wonderful 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, a part from mitts, gloves, toques etc., as sizing is a problem.  We would appreciate receiving new unwrapped items as we have a Gift/Toy Committee who wrap and mark gifts. This makes it easier for us to know how many gifts we have for each age group.

This year hampers will be delivered on December 19 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

We would appreciate receiving donations of food and gifts by December 14 so they can be sorted, wrapped and packed prior to delivery.  Hamper requests must be completed and dropped off at the Food Bank (through mail slot if Food Bank is closed) by Thursday, December 10t

Phone requests are not accepted and late forms will go on a waiting list. Hamper request forms can be picked up at the Food Bank Tuesday and Thursday, Social Services Office during regular office hours and the Food Share Office.

Envision Financial Credit Union have once again set up a tree in their office and donations of cash, gifts and non-perishable food items may be dropped off there during regular business hours. As we are obligated to follow the Food Safe Rules for B.C. we are not allowed to accept home canned fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.

Donations of non-perishable food and gifts may also be dropped off at the Henning Tree in the Kitimat Insurance Services Office located on the upper level of City Centre Mall.  The Henning Tree has been supporting the Christmas Hamper Appeal for numerous years now.

Cheques may also be dropped off at Wings Travel during their business hours or mailed to Box 20, V8C 2G6. Receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more for income tax purposes.

If you wish further information please call 632-6611, leave a message and someone will contact you.

Thank you all for your ongoing support – we could not continue to function without your generosity.

– Marjorie Phelps & Pearl Lennox, Co-chairs