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REPORTING · 18th December 2015
Walter McFarlane
Volunteers flooded into the basement at the Catholic Church in Kitimat on Friday, December 18th to pack Christmas Hampers for families in Kitimat who need them. 265 Hampers were filled.

“Today we are packing the hampers for the Christmas Hampers and we have 265 this year,” said Margery Phelps. “A Christmas Hamper is what we give people and it’s basically a day with some extras thrown in and gifts for everybody in the household, and a gift certificate to buy their turkey or ham.”

A hamper contains vegetables, crackers, cookies, stuffing mix, a desert, coffee, juice, cereal, peanut butter and jam. Basically, it is a breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“For 15 years now, we’ve been contributing to the Food Bank and todays the day to see all the smiling faces and people packing boxes so people can have a great Christmas Dinner,” said Bryan Gascon, Associate Dealer from Canadian Tire in Terrace.

Gaby Poirier, Plant Manager, at Rio Tinto Also dropped by to donate $14,200 to the Food Drive.

“We got, at the gate, for a couple of days, at the plant, $7,100 and we match it,” said Poirier. “The Food Bank project is defiantly a very good cause.”

Hampers will be delivered on Saturday, December 18th at 10:00 Am. Recipients who are not at home to pick up their hamper will have to go to the Food Bank to pick it up Saturday afternoon, Monday or Tuesday. They will not be open on Christmas Eve.

Phelps thanked all of the volunteers and the people who have made donations to this year’s Hamper Drive.
Canadian Tire donated 1,500
Canadian Tire donated 1,500
Rio Tinto donated $14,200
Rio Tinto donated $14,200