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NEWS RELEASE · 13th December 2011
Kitimat Food Bank
Here we are in the final days of the 2011 Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal and donations this week have been fantastic. Hampers will be delivered this Saturday, December 17th, beginning at 10 a.m. and an adult or responsible teen has to sign for the hamper or it will not be left. If you are not home when the hamper is delivered it will be returned to the Food Bank and can be picked up Tuesday, December 20th, or Thursday, December 22nd, between 1-3 p.m.

Once again Gareen Ball hosted Santa's Workshop on December 10th dedicating the program in memory of Emma Dugdale. Sandra Dugdale asked Green to thank the community for their outpouring of love and support on Emma's death. It is your love and kindness to Derek, Elaina, Sandra, Bob and Robert that will help them through this sad time of their loss. Guest hosts included Josh Callaghan, Manager of BMO, Santa Claus, Mayor J. Monaghan, Chief Councillor of Kitamaat Village, Ellis Ross and Barb Campbell, Manager Thomas Cook Wings Travel. In addition to donations of food and gifts, $629.49 was raised. Thank you to Ray Hepting for donating some of his beautiful paintings to be given to people making a donation at the Workshop. We would also like to thank Astral Media, EZ Rock 97.7 FM and Sight & Sound for sponsoring Santa's Workshop and to the Astral crew for setting up, airing and taking down the necessary equipment. It goes without saying, thank you to everyone who donated. A special thanks to Mr. Ferguson for his annual hand-made donation of the beautiful rocking horse and cradle with doll and bedding.

The following monetary donations were received this past week: G. MacDermid $100; D&B Combden $25; M Gastel $100; R Gastel $100; R. Venalainen $50; Kitimat Ladies Fellowship $13; Dr. I. van der Merwe $250; Anonymous $300; K. Renhak $25; J. Peck $50; C. Watchorn $150; M. Gairdner $125; A. Penner $100; L. Stewart $100; J.B. Duncan $100; Anonymous $50; Kris Lewis $100; A. Van Der Haven $100; Oviatt Contracting $500; W&L Shay $75; Ron Richdale $10; H&C Borralho $100; CAW 2301 $3,790.20 (gate receipts); Rio Tinto Alcan $3,800 (matching CAW's donation); P. Dawson $100; S. Germuth $60; M. Guizzo $50; E. Rowlett $50; ;Marie Gueguen $100; Bechtel Canada $1,710; Dr. W. Lombard $200; C. Gordon $50; Royal Canadian Legion Branch 250 - $250; Diana Griffiths $50; Ethel Robinson $100; Denise Welsh $30; Anonymous $50; Anonymous $100; Anonymous $200; Gloria Moore $50; Zolita Mulder $100; Lynne Meeds $100; Joe Jackson $20; Anonymous $150; Jean Nidd $100; Judith Scott $50; Ruth Brady $50; B. Horwood $50; Fayellen McFarlane $100; Alice Holmes $50; Michelle Frater $100. Total donations to date are $23,798.99 - this is fantastic and we know there will be more donations flowing in over the next week or two.

On Sunday, December 11th, CFNR crew and volunteers set up outside Super Value to accept more donations. Super Valu donated three carts of non-perishable items while another cart full was collected from the public. The monetary amount will be in the next article.

Hawk Air is donating return trips for two to Vancouver to those making donations to the Sharing Trees (Kitimat is Thomas Cook Wings Travel) in Kitimat, Terrace and Prince Rupert. The draw will be made in each community on December 16th so you still have time to put your name in. Our thanks to Hawk Air for their generosity.

Volunteers will be scurrying about this week picking up food and gifts, sorting, wrapping, packing and delivering hampers. We would like to thank everyone who gives so generously of their time during this busy Christmas season. Thank you to Thomas Cook Wings Travel and Dairy Queen for setting up their Christmas trees and collecting donations of food and gifts. Thank you to Christ the King Catholic Church for the use of their hall all week, thank you to the students and staff of our local schools for collecting food and gifts and to all the churches for the special collections and for their ongoing support throughout the year. It is the various churches in town who provide the volunteer help to run the Food Bank through the year.

There is still time to make a donation to the Christmas Hampers either at Thomas Cook Wings Travel, Dairy Queen or, cash donations may be dropped of to Envision Credit Union. Thank you to all the media for helping keep the community informed on how you can help those less fortunate have something extra for Christmas as well.