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NEWS RELEASE · 22nd December 2012
Kitimat Hamper Drive
What an amazing few weeks this has been collecting and preparing for hampers and now they are delivered - from what we understand to many happy clients. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who made this happen - it was a very busy week leading up to December 15th. We had so many spectacular gifts donated this year and Santa really did come early. Even the snow did not prevent our volunteers from completing their mission; of course, the sun came out once all hampers had been delivered but this is Kitimat.

Once again the generosity of our community and Kitamaat Village is inspiring - in a few short weeks the grand total to date amounts to $34,373.24 and we know there will be more donations coming in over the next couple of weeks. We received boxes and boxes of non-perishable food items as well as hundred's of gifts. The new companies in town have been most supportive in joining the local companies and individuals in the Christmas spirit of giving.

I must apologize to Radio Station CFNR for incorrectly using the wrong station number last week. Their volunteers, as for the past several years, set up a truck outside Super Valu on December 9th collecting in the neighbourhood of $600 as well as seven grocery carts overflowing with food. Thank you also to Shell for their donation of $500 worth of food plus 100 Overwaitea Gift Bags; IDL (in addition to the money noted last week) for donating a truck load of food and DL Baker for donating over 200 gifts in addition to their cash donation. Tim Hortons donated fifteen $20 gift certificates and 15 toques.

Other donations for the past week included: K Meyer $25; Anonymous $10; H Adams $50; K Renhack $25; KCS Restoration $25; C Gordon $50; A Lacasandill $20; L Stewart $20; Nechako School $25; L Strecheniuk $300; Ms M Grant $100; Kildala School Penny Drive for Turkeys $237.06; J Peck $50; P Goncalves $100; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $500; A Penner $150; T&M Nyce $200; Haisla Nation Council $1000; Park Vision $100; M Amaral $20; Anonymous $5; Grade 1 & 2 Kildala School $20; Kitimat Presbyterian Church $100; Capella Telecommunications (City West Cable & Telephone) $400; L Beeson $50; Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary $250; L Marleau $50; Anonymous $100; H&C Borralho $100; A&S McEwen as a Christmas gift to R&K Maitland & Family $75; Lapointe Engineering & Employees $250; Proceeds from sale of picture donated by Ray Hepting $95; D Conibden $20; J Pilkington $50; Kildala School $9.50; D Marshall $100; Rio Tinto Alcan $5000; CAW Local 2301 (gate receipts) $4740.92 and Canadian Tire $1500.

While we only filled just over 200 hampers this year (we assume many of our clients are now employed or have left town) your generosity will allow the Food Bank to carry on for 2013. Once again your have proven what a giving and caring community you are. Thank you and may you all have a very blessed and joyous Christmas. A final article will be forthcoming in the new year with a list of all the groups who gave so freely of their time and vehicles as well as an updated tally of donations. Thanks again to all the media for their ongoing support during this Christmas season and throughout the year.


Luella Froess
Publicity Chair