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CONTRIBUTION · 24th November 2011
Kitimat Food Bank
Dear Fellow Citizens:

Christmas 2011 is fast approaching and the Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal is once again underway. In 2010 the Citizens of Kitimat generously donated $36,825.47 enabling us to fill over 300 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.

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 for local merchants are a wonderful idea as this enables recipients to purchase something they would enjoy as well as supporting the local economy. We can 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 a gift/toy committee who rap and mark gifts. This makes it easier to know how many gifts we have for each age group. If you are giving a toy or item that requires batteries. Please include the batteries with the gift.

This year, hampers will be delivered on Saturday, December 17th beginning at 10 am. We would appreciate receiving donations of food and gifts by December 12th so they can be sorted, wrapped and packed prior to delivery. Hamper requests must be completed and dropped off at the Salvation Army or the Food Bank (through the mail slot if the food bank is closed) by Thursday, December 8th. Phone requests are not accepted and late forms 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 Thomas Cook Wings Travel Christmas Tree during regular business hours. As we are obligated to follow the Food Safe Rules for BC, we are not allowed to accept home canned fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.

Cash donations can be dropped off at Envision credit union during their business hours or mailed to Box 20. Dairy Queen Customers may drop off gifts at their 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 for all your support, we could not continue to function without your generosity.

Margery Phelps and Pearl Lennox, Co-Chairs
Christmas Hamper Appeal.