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REPORTING · 26th November 2012
Walter McFarlane
The Christmas In Kitimat Passport program is once again encouraging residents of Kitimat to Shop Local. Put on by the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, this is the fourth year the program is being run and 54 businesses are participating.

“Shoppers still only need to get 20 stamps in their passport to have it considered complete so when they have 20 stamps in their passport, they can drop it off at any of the participating stores or at the Chamber of Commerce. Then we will draw for the prizes on December 18th,” said Trish Parsons, manager of the Chamber of Commerce.

To get a stamp, a person would have to spend $10 in a store. The deadline to have them in is December 17th. This means a completed passport means a minimum of $200 was spent locally.

“If people are out Christmas shopping, it’s actually a bonus because if your passports drawn, you get another prize. If you’re not finished Christmas Shopping, you might [get a gift],” said Parsons.

There are a lot of great prizes from local businesses. They include gift certificates, a youth bike, a watch and gift baskets.
Comment by Like to Shop Local but.... on 27th November 2012
I think this is a great program but maybe more has to be done to inform the employees of the participating businesses that they are in fact participating? A few times I have provided my passport only to be met with puzzled looks or a "Oh are we in there?"