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Posted: December 1, 2016

Food bank use up over last year

Kimberley Helping Hands gears up

By Nowell Berg

The 31st annual Christmas Food and Toy Hamper Program is underway at the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank.

According to food bank Coordinator Heather Smith, this past year saw an increase in demand. She said, “We’re up four per cent in food bank users over last year.”

At this time of year, it’s important for those who can help to do so.

If you want to donate to this years campaign, there are many ways including time, money, food or a toy. Toys should be new and unwrapped. The best way to donate a toy, said Smith, is to use one of the Angel Trees located around town. Each tree has a tag with the gender and age of the child. Simply buy an appropriate gift and return it to the Angel Tree. The Angel Tree program runs until December 12.

Food bank volunteers pick up all toy and food donations. Then, on December 15, donations arrive at the Anglican Church. Over 100 community volunteers will assemble hampers or deliver them. On Friday and Saturday (Dec. 16 & 17), volunteers will distribute almost 200 food and toy hampers around Kimberley.

Anyone looking to donate please contact Smith at the Food Bank, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Drop by or call 250 427 5522. Otherwise call her at home (250 427 2018) and she’ll get things coordinated.

City of Kimberley council members announced Nov. 28 they will be out in force to assist Helping Hands with the Christmas Hamper program.


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