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NEWS RELEASE · 28th November 2012
Kitimat Hamper Appeal
Christmas 2012 is fast approaching and the Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal is once again underway. In 2011 the citizens of Kitimat and Kitamaat Village, some Terrace businesses, as well as a couple of off-shore corporations, generously donated $46,992.91 - our highest amount of donations ever - 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 a significant amount 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 from local merchants are a wonderful idea as this enables recipients to purchase something they would enjoy as well as supporting the local economy. We do 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 wrap and mark gifts. This makes it easier for us to know how many gifts we have for each age group.

This year hampers will be delivered on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th beginning at 10:00 a.m. We would appreciate receiving donations of food and gifts by DECEMBER 9th so they can be sorted, wrapped and packed prior to delivery. Hamper requests must be completed and dropped off at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop or the Food Bank (through mail slot if Food Bank is closed) by Friday, December 7th. Phonerequests are not accepted and late forms will 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.

This year we have a change in venue for our Sharing Tree. As Wings Travel are in the midst of downsizing their office space, Envision Financial Credit Union have set up a tree in their office and donations of cash, gifts and non-perishable food items may be dropped off there during regular business hours (Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). As we are obligated to follow the Food Safe Rules for B.C. we are not allowed to accept home canned fruit, vegetables, fish, etc. Cheques may also be dropped off at Thomas Cook Wings Travel during their business hours or mailed to Box 20, V8C 2G6. 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 all for your ongoing support - we could not continue to function without your generosity.


Marjorie Phelps & Pearl Lennox, Co-chairs
Christmas Hamper Appeal