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CONTRIBUTION · 15th November 2010
Kitimat Food Bank Society
Christmas 2010 will be here before we know it and the Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal is once again underway. In 2009 the citizens of Kitimat generously donated almost $32,533.94 enabling us to fill 330 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.

Due to the current economic climate and the closure of Eurocan, we realize this will be a difficult Christmas for many people but we are grateful for whatever you can donate. Our Food Bank numbers continue to rise and we anticipate filling more hampers this Christmas, and like many, our operating costs have increased as well.

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. Schoolchildren, churches and other community groups donate much of the food. NEW toys are included for children 12 and under. We like to include gifts for all teens and adults and appreciate receiving gift certificates for music downloads, books/magazines, video rentals, 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 and also supports the local economy. We do not give clothing as gifts, apart from mitts, gloves, toques etc. as sizing is a problem. We would appreciate receiving unwrapped gifts as we have Gift/Toy Chairpersons and a host of volunteers to wrap and mark gifts. This makes it easier for us to know how many gifts we have for each age group. If you are giving a toy or item that requires batteries, please include batteries with the gift.

This year hampers will be delivered on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18th beginning at 10:00 a.m. We would appreciate receiving donations of food and gifts by DECEMBER 13th so they can be sorted, wrapped and packed prior to delivery. Hamper requests must be completed and dropped off at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop or the Food Bank (through mail slot if Food Bank is closed) by Friday, December 3rd. 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, Social Services Office or the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.

Donations of cash (cheques only), gifts and non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the Wings Travel Christmas Tree 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. Cash donations may be dropped off at Envision Credit Union during their business hours or mailed to Box 20. Dairy Queen customers may drop gifts off at the DQ Christmas tree. 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.

Sincerely

Marjorie Phelps & Pearl Lennox, Co-chairs
Christmas Hamper Appeal