REPORTING · 14th December 2012
The Kitimat Hamper Drive was filling hampers today, Friday December 14th. The goal was simple, ensuring every family in Kitimat could have a Merry Christmas day. The hampers will be going out tomorrow morning, Saturday December 15th, delivered by volunteers from around the community. 200 hampers were filled, which is down from last year.
The basement of the Christ the King Catholic Church was organized into a an assembly line of boxes, food, gifts and finished hampers. Volunteers were pushing carts, filling hampers and making sure everything went to the right place.
Donations were still coming in. Rio Tinto Alcan and the Canadian Auto Workers Local 2301 dropped in to present cash donations to the food bank. The CAW was able to raise $4740 from their employees at the gate, $702 from the retirees banquet and an additional $20 from a member who dropped it off. Rio Tinto Alcan gave a $5000 donation.
Also present was Bryan Gascon from Canadian Tire from Terrace who made a donation of $1500 to the Food Bank.
Finally, Mary Eguia’s Grade 4 class from Nechako Elementary School came down to see the operation and have it described to them. The class collected over 300 items for the food drive.
Hampers go out tomorrow morning at 10:00. Recipients need to be home with a responsible adult to sign for it. They will not leave it with a neighbour. On the front of the box is an envelope with a gift certificate so the people can use to get a turkey or ham for Christmas dinner.
Undelivered hampers may be picked up at the Food Bank on Tuesday and Thursday between 1-3 p.m.
Tanya Meyer and Rick Belmont present their cheques to the representatives from the Food Bank.
Bryan Gascon from Canadian Tire from Terrace made a donation of $1500.