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NEWS RELEASE · 26th January 2015
Hamper Appeal 2014
Way to go everyone, Kitimat and Kitamaat Village have come through once again donating to the 2014 Kitimat Christmas Hamper Appeal a grand total of $52,186.93. This is about $6,000 less than 2013 (the community dynamics have changed somewhat in the past year) and we are very pleased with the monetary donations, fabulous gifts and amazing amounts of food that were brought in, .

As the last article went out prior to the delivery date of December 20th, many donations made after that time: United Church White Gift Sunday includes the following – (G&M Frater $150; D Bok/Dr. D. Lethbridge $25; J&G Moore $50; R Brady $50; G&A Holmes $100; B&D Horwood $100; F&G McFarlane $100; Anonymous $100; Z Mulder $100; Anonymous $100; Anonymous $200; G&J Scott $20; D&K Welsh $40; E Robinson $100; L Meeds $100; J Nidd $50; A&J Pierce $100; Anonymous $20; B Knapton $20; H Grant $10); Envision Full Cupboard $848.37; Anonymous $20; C Couillard $100; G Poirier $150; Bechtel (Trip for 2 Campaign) $4,338.34; Bechtel Employees $500; E Feldhoff $150; E Eitner $10; L Wilson $25; B James $200; C Nedland $200; Kitimat Pentecostal Fellowship $982; M Gastel $100; Drs. Gottschling & Stevenson 1,000; Milton Christensen $2,895; J Rondall $25; Anonymous $5; J Strechniuk $50; V Levesque $100; Bechtel Employee $100; J Pilkington $50; D Combden $50; D&T Bonar $100; Canadian Tire $1500; G Shorts $100; M Gairdner $100; S Hall $40; Mountainview Alliance Church $110; D&A Rowsell $100; KMP Donations $289.78; Anonymous $59.80; Bantral Craft Workers $703; W&P Dawson $100; Rio Tinto Alcan $6,100; RTA Employees (gate collection) $1,919.35; Food Banks BC $1,088; N Oliveira $20; J Middleton $100; M Ouwehand $100; L Avery $50; Len Gibson $100; J&E Thorne $100; Unifor Local 2310 $3,692.80 (included in this amount R Ledevehat $350, R Gastel $100 and H Mummery $25; Kitimat Presbyterian Kirk Session $200; K Douglas $65; Anonymous $300; J Currie $100 and Western Pacific Enterprises $200.

There are so many people to thank – especially the volunteers who man the Food Bank year round and do an absolutely fantastic job! Thanks to all the churches , the local grocery stores, particularly Overwaitea and Super Valu, Fields, Daybreak Farms, Dollar Store and Envision Financial (our corporate sponsor) for their ongoing support through the year. For everyone who comes out and goes the extra mile to help make the annual Christmas Hamper Fund the success it is (this funding allows us to carry on through the year) – Wings Travel, Snow Valley Ford, Lapointe Engineering, school students and staff, Girl Guides/Trefoil Guild, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, D L Baker (loads of gifts, including bicycles), LNG (Shell), Kitimat Valley Institute, HB Construction, Snow Valley Figure Skating Club, Kitimat Ice Demons, Marlin Swim Club, KCH students, Bandstra, Kitimat Insurance Office and Christ the King Parish for the use of their hall during hamper week. Thank you to all those who helped sort and wrap gifts and food, packed hampers and delivered hampers. (I would like to make note that for the unusual gifts such as the bicycles, the Lego table and chairs, rocking horse and cradle with doll, the children’s names – in the appropriate age groups – are “put in a hat” and drawn for. If a child has won one of these gifts previously they are not included in the draw to give other children a chance at the larger gifts).

The citizens, companies and corporations in Kitimat and Kitamaat Village donated a grand total of $52,186.093 as well as numerous boxes of food and gifts galore allowing the needy to have some “extras” for their Christmas celebrations. Our thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who man the Food Bank throughout the years, to the local grocery stores who contribute to the Food Bank on a regular basis, to the churches, school children and community organizations who also give ongoing support.

Thank you to the many individuals who dropped off donations of food and gifts and thank you to anyone I may have missed. A special thank you to all the media for “getting the word out” to make the community aware of the hampers. To paraphrase “it takes a village to care for the needy” and this “village” really came through in spades. Thank you all for caring and sharing. God bless and may 2015 be a wonderful year for all of you.