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NEWS RELEASE · 20th December 2011
Kitimat Food Bank
The Christmas hamper volunteer elves have had a very busy week - food has been sorted, gifts wrapped and 277 hampers delivered. While road conditions were not ideal (we have had worse) at least the icy rain and snow had stopped and our ever faithful crew carried on.

Numerous donations came in and various groups held fund-raising events. (here you can add if you have received donations). Snow Valley Skating Club held their annual Christmas skating concert with admission a donation to the Hamper Appeal and many items of non-perishable food came in. Omenica Street residents collected food items for the hampers at their neighbourhood Christmas get together. Quantum Murray employees, building maintenance contractors on the smelter rebuild project, donated food. (Miss Tormene’s Grade 8 class at Mt. Elizabeth held a contest for bringing in the most food. They made a train from engine to caboose (some of the cars on wheels) to hold the donations from cardboard boxes and filled it with food. Way to go students - your train was very unique and impressive. The Hawk Air tickets were won by Wendy Hagen Dennill. Businesses making personal donations on "packing day" included Canadian Tire, who has been a loyal Terrace supporter for many years ($1500), and City West ($1500). IDL Projects Inc. donated $2822, half of which was donated by the employees with a matching contribution by the Company.

Monetary donations to come in this past week included: G. Boguski in memory of Sheila Ruehlen $25, G. Swick $25, M. Ouwehand $100, P. Almeida $100, P. Mah $50, R,. Beeson $50, F. Lui $20, A, Kondrat’ev $15, M. Pettet $50, Lapointe Engineering $286, E/M Archer $100, A, Robinson $50, B. Neraasen in memory of Sheila Ruehlen $50, Anonymous $100, J. McLeod $100, E. Farina $50, L. Marleau in memory of Sheila Ruehlen $50, L. Strecheniuk $300, CFNR Food Drive $122.75, I. Edelmann $100, R Zielinski in memory of Sheila Ruehlen $100, Haisla Pentecostal Assembly $160, CAW door collection at their annual Christmas dinner $309, B. Kubik in memory of Sheila Ruehlen $50, Luso Canadian Association Ladies Auxiliary $300, Anonymous $175, M. Escalar $100, C, Dale $60, 16/37 Community Futures $255, R Levesque $125, N. Audette $20, J. Belsham $50, Aarin Trucking $500, A. Rowsell $50, Canadian Tire $1500, IDL Projects Inc. $2822, J. Pilkington $50, Bula Enterprises Ltd. $5,000, C/P Gabel $1000, Bank of Montreal $306, L. Carvalho $20, Fern Fontes in memory of Sheila Ruehlen and Melford Empson $100, G, Ouwehand $100 which brings our total to date $38, 694.74. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of our community and neighbouring areas this amount already surpasses the total which was donated for the 2010 Hamper Appeal.

We would like to thank the many volunteers who make "hamper" week the success it is and without whom the task would be insurmountable. Thank you to all the churches and school children who collect the bulk of the food used in the hampers, thank you to Christ the King Parish for the use of their church hall during hamper week; thank you to all the drivers and use of their vehicles on delivery day, thank you to Bandstra for donation of boxes; thank you to Shames Mountain for food. Thanks to Kitimat midget Reps who helped move food from the Food Bank to the Church and to KCH students who helped set up at the church. Thank you to the Dollar Store for donating gift bags which made the gift wrapping so much easier this year. Thank you to TiMat for their ongoing help every

year at hamper time and throughout the year. We would be remiss in not thanking all the church volunteers who keep the Food Bank running throughout the year under the very capable hands of the Food Bank executive and to the "hamper team" of Marjorie Phelps, Pearl Lennox, Robin & Bill Willis, Lois Godfrey, Sally Rigoni, Sheila Reeves and Doug MacKay. A big thank you to Thomas Cook Wings Travel (Barb Campbell, Gareen Ball and Julia Silva) for setting up their Christmas tree every year for the past dozens of years, to accept donations and to Julie Mavros and her Dairy Queen staff who collect for the Food Bank throughout the year. Thank you to all the publicity people (print, radio and TV) who "put the word" out to the community and last, but not least, to all of you who so generously donate food, gifts and cash to our very worthy cause. There will be a final article after the middle of January. In the meantime we at the Kitimat Food Bank and 2011 Christmas Hamper Appeal wish you all a very blessed Christmas and may 2012 bring you much joy and success.

Sheila Reeves is submitting this article and would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the executive, to thank Luella Froess for the many years she has provided these articles to the paper and kept the community informed regarding the Christmas Hamper Appeal. Luella has also volunteered for numerous years as Secretary of the Food Bank Executive.