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NEWS RELEASE · 10th December 2009
Kitimat Food Bank
Week Three of the Christmas Hamper Appeal has brought in the following donations: Mr. & Mrs. M. Middleton $200; L Strechniuk $300; Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson $100; Mr. & Mrs. H. McLeod $100; Ms. M. Grant $100; J Middleton $100; City Centre Medical Clinic $100; Mr. & Mrs. C. Shepherd $500; Mr. & Mrs. E. Geiger $200; Dr. G. Gottschling $100; Dr. C. Gottschling & Dr. D. Stevenson Inc. $500; P. Dawson $100; MSBC Kitimat Bottle Depot $251.15; The Newfie Dart League $100; J. Hildebrandt $100; Anonymous $50; Pyrotek $100; Anonymous $200; A. Van Der Haven $100; First Baptist Church Benevolent Fund $300; S. Krahn $100; McDonald’s Restaurant – McTerrace $50; McDonald’s – S/R Restaurant $50; K. Rennhack $25; B. Thompson $50; Kitimat General Hospital Laundry Dept. $160; Mr. & Mrs. R. Reschke $30; Legion Branch 250 Ladies Auxiliary $200; from Santa’s Workshop hosted by Gareen Ball and sponsored by The Mix 97.7 FM – P. Henning $40; Anonymous $50; Y Besigano $15; S. Cammish $20; Whittles $50; S. Sandhu $5; J. Richards $40; E. Hutson $50; M. McGriash $20; R. Warnock $50; J. Thom $100; Anonymous $45.07; Community Carol Sing at the First Baptist Church Sunday evening March 6th – A. Egan $50; D. Leuze $100; Anonymous $491.57. Our current total to $6622.79. Thank you all who donated this week. We are a long way from the $37,000 raised last year but are steadily rising and cash donations are accepted year-round.

The deadline for accepting applications for hampers has gone by but applications received this coming week will go on a waiting list. Hampers will be delivered on Saturday, December 19th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Thank you to Gareen Ball, The Mix 97l7 FM and Sight & Sound for organizing, hosting and sponsoring the 2009 annual “Santa’s Workshop”. Sight & Sound sets up the sound system and loan us tables and chairs. We had a very special little girl make a wonderful donation on Saturday. Emily Pankhurst celebrated her 8th birthday on December 5th and her request to her birthday guests was for them to bring an unwrapped gift to the party, these lovely gifts were then brought down to Santa’s Workshop and donated for the Christmas hampers. What a generous act, Emily – thank you very much – you have made some little girls very happy this Christmas.

Please remember that we appreciate having all gifts unwrapped as we have volunteers who do the job and this allows us to see what gifts we have, for what age group and whether for male or female. Gifts certificates from local businesses are appreciated for teens and adults. If you are giving a gift that requires batteries, please include the correct size with the gift.

Once again gifts, food and monetary donations may be dropped off at Advantage Wing’s Travel and Dairy Queen while cash donations can be dropped off at Wing’s Travel or the Bank of Commerce. Sorting and wrapping of food and gifts starts Monday, December 14th, so please make sure these items are given to us by that time. There will be over 300 hampers filled this year. We anticipate receiving non-perishable food from all the schools from their Christmas concerts. Food brought in the following our packing and delivery date will be used at the Food Bank in 2010.

Thank you for your ongoing support and caring.