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NEWS RELEASE · 10th December 2015
Kitimat Food Bank
Dear Fellow Citizens: December 8, 2015

It seems Christmas is just around the corner and donations for the Christmas Hamper Appeal are slowing coming in.

Donations to date include Haisla Cancer Support Group $1000; Mountainview Alliance Church $100; MM Grant $100; Anonymous $100; Anonymous $20 (in memory of Gerry Gilchrist); C Houghton $25 (in memory of Gerry Gilchrist); J Nidd $100; Z Mulder $100; M Frater $150; D Welsh $30; E Robinson $125; J Pierce $100; Anonymous $20; G Moore $50; Anonymous $50; D Lethbridge $50; Anonymous $200; B Horwood $50; B Knapton $20; F McFarlane $100; S Jay $50; H Grant $25; M Rigoni $20; Anonymous $100; J Scott $50; A Kennedy $100; A Rowsell $50; CFNR Collection $230; Vitality Open House $288.30 as well as food donations; C Watchorn $150; D Comben $25; R&A Ferguson $100; B Guerreiro $40; Anonymous $300; J&M Monteiro $100; A Hanson $1200; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Loc 993 $500; Anonymous $100; D McDonald $25 (in memory of Gerry Gilchrist); L Strecheniuk $300; I Edelman $25 (in memory of Gerry Gilchrist); Mountainview Alliance Church $12.50; R McLeod $250; C Gordon $75; S Reschke $50 and Josephine Stewart Family $200 for a total to date of $7085.80.

CFNR held their annual food drive outside Overwaitea last week and collected $230 as well as a cart load of food. City Centre Mall recently held a fashion show with admission being a donation to the Hamper fund and three cart loads of food were collected. The Girl Guides held their “Christmas in November” and donated a cart load of food with the Kinsmen donation of $500 worth of food this week.

Christmas hampers include a voucher (for a turkey, ham or other) along with the trimmings for a Christmas dinner. School children, churches and other community groups donate a significant amount of the food. NEW toys are included for children 12 and under. We include gifts for all teens and adults and appreciate receiving gift certificates for music downloads, books/magazines, 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 new unwrapped items by December 14th as we have a Gift/Toy Committee who wrap and mark gifts.

Hampers will be delivered on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19th beginning at 10:00 a.m. We would appreciate receiving donations of food and gifts by DECEMBER 14th so they can be sorted, wrapped and packed prior to delivery. Hamper requests must be completed and dropped off at the Food Bank (through mail slot if Food Bank is closed) by Thursday, December 10th. Phone requests are not accepted and late forms will go on a waiting list. Hamper request forms can be picked up at the Food Bank Tuesday and Thursday, Social Services Office during regular office hours and the Food Share Office.

Envision Financial Credit Union have a Christmas tree in their office and donations of cash, gifts and non-perishable food items may be dropped off there during regular business hours. The Henning Christmas tree is set up at Kitimat Insurance Services upper level of City Centre Mall. They are also accepting non-perishable food and gifts during business hours as they have for the past several years. We are obligated to follow the Food Safe Rules for B.C. and are not allowed to accept home canned fruit, vegetables, fish, etc. Cheques may also be dropped off at 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.

We are well underway towards meeting last year’s donations of $52,187. Thank you to all the above for your generosity.

Sincerely

L. Froess

Christmas Hamper Appeal