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NEWS RELEASE · 28th November 2012
Kitimat Hamper Appeal
The 2012 Christmas Hamper Appeal is well under way and all the "elves" are busy ordering and organizing. The Sharing Tree is set up at Envision Financial Credit Union and waiting for gifts and non-perishable food items to be dropped off. They are also accepting and receipting cash donations. If it is more convenient, Wings Thomas Cook Travel will also accept cheques made out to the Food Bank Christmas Hamper Appeal and will receipt donations of $10 and over.

Donations are trickling in. It should be mentioned that over the summer numerous boxes of gifts and non-perishable food items were brought to the Food Bank from Dairy Queen. For several years former manager, Julie Mavros, had been successfully encouraging their customers to donate to the Hamper Appeal on a year-round basis and the goodies were passed on to us by the owner prior to their starting renovations. Thank you to all the DQ customers who have generously supported our Appeal over the years. Over the past couple of weeks we have received 5 $20 gift certifications from the Kitimat Guides, Brownies and Sparkes and their leaders. Other donations include S Krahn $100; Anonymous $300; Gyro Club of Kitimat $400; T Newton/L Gibson $250; Anonymous $25; R&S Reschke $30 and D&D Kelly $100 for a total of $1205. We are off to a great start. Last year the citizens,community organizations, churches and school children as well as large and small businesses of Kitimat, Kitamaat Village and Terrace generously donated a grand total of $46,992.91 plus gifts and non-perishable food!

A reminder to those applying for hampers that the deadline for receiving completed request forms is quickly drawing near. All applications forms must be received by Friday, December 7th and may be picked up at the Social Service Office and Salvation Army Thrift Store during their regular hours or at the Food Bank, lower City Centre Mall, Tuesday and Thursday between 1:00-3:00 p.m. Completed forms are to be dropped off at the Salvation Army Thrift Store or the Food Bank (may be dropped through the mail slot if closed. This year hampers will be delivered on Saturday, December 15th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until done. A responsible teen or adult must be at home to sign for the hamper or it will not be left and will be returned to the Food Bank - there is only one delivery.

Thank you to those who have already donated and we know how generous people are when it comes to giving in Kitimat. Thank you to the media for their support - we could not get the word out if it were not for you.