Christmas Hamper Depot opens December 1

By David F. Rooney

Christmas must be fast approaching; there’s snow on the ground, Christmas decorations are going up in retail storefronts and holiday tunes are just beginning to fill the air waves.

That also means it’s time to dust off our social consciences and think about those fellow Revelstoke citizens who find it hard to squeeze some cheer out of the Christmas season.

Fortunately, the Community Connections Christmas Hamper program makes it easy to help others in our community.

The annual Christmas Hamper Depot will open in the basement of the Royal Canadian Legion building at Garden and First Street West on December 1 and will be open, Monday to Saturday, until December 23 from 10 am until 3 pm.

As in previous years, Food Bank Coordinator Patti Larson is encouraging Revelstokians to find it their hearts and wallets to support the program by providing non-perishable foods, new and unwrapped children’s toys, books and games, gift boxes, specialty foods, magazines, notepads and other items. Please click here to see the poster and its list of suggested contributions.

And for the second year in a row, the Red Apple store is partnering with Community Connections to offer a Toys for Tots Toy Drive Red Apple Manager Trevor English encourages kind-hearted people to come to the store and purchase one or more toys to be delivered to kids from needy families. He said the store will ensure that all toys purchased for the Toy Drive are delivered to the Christmas Hamper Depot.

Larson is also pleased to accept cash donations from individuals and groups that recognize the value of the Food Bank. You can contact her ate 250-837-2920, extension 28.