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CONTRIBUTION · 7th December 2011
Kitimat Food Bank
Time is flying, winter is here and Christmas is just around the corner. The Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal is busy gathering requests for hampers (deadline December 8th) and before we know it hampers will be delivered (December 17th). Donations are climbing steadily with the following being made this past week: Paul Snell In Memory of Sheila Ruehlen $25; J&H McLeod In Memory of Sheila Ruehlen $40; L Froess In Memory of Sheila Ruehlen $25; Mountainview Alliance Church $200; S A Krahn $100; Envision Financial $1000; Beverly Stuart $1000; D&D Kelly $100; Anonymous $1000; E Geiger $500; Pyramid Office Supplies $100; First Baptist Church $350; CityWest Cable $1500; M Pedro $90; Anonymous $100; M Collier $100; Anonymous $10; Anonymous $20; Gyro Club $400; E Kendell $20; Anonymous $25; J Froess $50; S Reis $20; J&H McLeod $100. $946.30 was donated Sunday night from the Community Carol Festival, along with several bags of non-perishable food items. Held at Christ the King Catholic Church and hosted by the Ministerial of the Kitimat Churches, the large gathering enjoyed an evening of fellowship and Christmas songs as we were entertained by choirs and individuals from the various Christian Churches. This event brought in almost triple from 2010. Our total to date is $9036.30 - up about $3000 from last year at this time. Thank you everyone for being so supportive.

Please remember Santa's Workshop, hosted by Gareen Ball and friends - along with Santa - being held Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. lower level of City Centre Mall outside Sight & Sound. Please drop by, say hello and make a donation of a gift, non-perishable food or cash.

We would also like to thank the various community groups who are requesting donations for the Food Bank as admission to their events or from their Christmas parties, Riverlodge through their various recreation programs, Envision Credit Union for accepting and receipting cash donations, Thomas Cook Wings Travel and Dairy Queen for setting up their Christmas Trees and accepting donations for the hampers, the Salvation Army and Social Services Office who distributed hamper request forms and Salvation Army for allowing people to drop off their completed forms there. There are so many groups who assist us each year and without whom this would be a tremendous task for a few individuals. Beta Sigma Phi are currently contacting various service groups and setting up a list of vehicles and drivers to help with the hamper deliveries. Thank you all so much.

Another reminder regarding gifts - other than toques, mitts, socks and scarves, please no clothes; please remember teens and adults - gift certificates from local businesses make fantastic gifts - swim/skating tickets, "food" gift cards, music downloads, phone cards etc. If you purchase a gift requiring batteries please ensure the correct sizes are included. If anyone needs further information please call 250-632-6611, Kitimat Food Bank, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Once again thank you to all the media for "getting our message" out.