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Emily Pankhurst stole the hearts of everyone when she brought presents to the food bank from her birthday party.  Photo courtasy of the Kitimat Foodbank.
REPORTING · 9th December 2009
Walter McFarlane
Christmas is a time for Miracles and sometimes, the unexpected happens. One such time was while Santa’s Workshop, hosted by Gareen Ball was airing on CFTK radio on Saturday, December 5th.

“We’re here in aid of the Kitimat Food Bank. We have been for many many years. This is just one thing we like to do, in particular this year, with the economy the way it is and what’s going on. This is the first time in years that I have been involved,” said Ball.

“Gareen Ball has been running Santa’s Workshop for umpteen years now. This allows people to drop by City Centre Mall with gifts, toys, cash donation and non perishable food for the Christmas Hamper,” said Luella Frosse.

Ball stated that the number of hampers have changed over the years. From four hampers when the program was started by the Kitimat Help Agency to 300 hampers. She did add that one thing that hasn’t changed was Kitimat’s ability to give.

“What really, in all the years that I have done this, today my heart was touched like no other. And that was a little girl, Emily Pankhurst. At 8 years old, her birthday. She had a Birthday Party with 20 kids and they came down, she had asked all her friends to bring gifts to come here to be given to the Kitimat food bank. She felt that these people were more worthy than her,” said Ball.

Also present at the table at the time were Santa Claus and Mayor Joanne Monaghan. Mayor Monaghan commented on this at the City Council Meeting on December 7th. She stated that there was not much food or gifts at the time but then the girl and her friends came and filled the table full of beautiful gifts for kids.

“The food bank really needs a lot of food and a lot of gifts and we really would like [the people of Kitimat] to think about that over the next couple of weeks. […] Thank you Emily for thinking about other people instead of yourself on your birthday,” said Mayor Monaghan.

Among the other donations were two handmade toys created by Jim Ferguson. Among them are a steam shovel, a rocking horse and a baby doll in a cradle. The baby doll in is dressed in homemade clothing and a blanket created by Ferguson’s mother.

Over 300 hampers have been requested this year already and the need is up. The Euorcan shut down is estimated to not have an impact on the hamper drive this year.

“We don’t know yet [if we are short]. There is a possibility we will be because we are not up to where we were last year but we still have another week for food and toys to come in. Cash donations can come in any time but we need food gifts and toys by next week. Deliveries on the 19th, we’ll be packing 14th, 15th 16th,” said Frosse.

She encouraged people to donate cash to the food bank. They will need money in the upcoming year and what is left over from the Christmas Hamper Drive goes into their operating fund.
Wraping up the show is Barb Campbell, Goreen Ball and Margery Phelps.
Wraping up the show is Barb Campbell, Goreen Ball and Margery Phelps.
Much food and many toys were collected for the food bank's Hamper Drive.
Much food and many toys were collected for the food bank's Hamper Drive.
Many organizations are aiding the Food Bank.  Dairy Queen has had their tree up since November.
Many organizations are aiding the Food Bank. Dairy Queen has had their tree up since November.
To the Editor-Majors Photo with Santa
Comment by Leon Dumstrey -SooS on 13th December 2009
I was right in writing the other day about "AFTER SHOCK" is to come and here we go! In Sentinel Dec 9/09 Article:Union to conduct......

Was a paragraph: City Admin. released report..our TAXES to GO UP in 2011 29.4%, came as a "SHOCK" to me and so it should be to EVERYONE in Kitimat and in particular to Eurocan employees and SENIORS READ THE ARTICLE!

Yes CHRISTMAS is for giving,but not in a way Council and Admin. engineered it: Give free passes-not to all of us -while they were planing such an "AFTER SHOCK" for the Community WOW WHAT A GIVING This sure breaks my CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!!

As a Christian I ask myself,is there a limit how to break the morals?Can people like that even comprehend CHRISTMAS and its meaning and even celebrate it?

Perhaps this is the reason why Mayor did not dare to sit in SANTA'S LAP?

PEACE ON EARTH AND GOOD WILL TOWARD ALL PEOPLE!