The Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer campaign will be distributing between 280 and 350 hampers during the week of Dec. 19, says Capt. Claudine Kadonaga.
Through various food drives Kadonaga says the Christmas Cheer program is seeking food hamper donations of hams, turkeys, juice, canned vegetables and fruit, pickles, stuffing, cranberries, gravy, chocolates and Christmas candies, hot chocolate, coffee, cereal, jam, and peanut butter.
The Salvation Army will also be purchasing fresh milk, margarine, potatoes, carrots, onions, yams, turnips, lettuce, and mandarin oranges for the hampers.
In addition, the hampers will contain cookies, bran muffin mix and crackers that have been obtained from the Canada Food Bank Association.
“The Christmas hampers will hold all the fixings to make this season special for 120 singles, 50 couples, 120 small families of three to five people, and 40 large families,” Kadonaga says.
Donations of gifts for the Christmas Cheer Toy Shoppe are also needed for a total of 279 children in need this year.
In the infant category gifts are needed for nine baby boys and 11 baby girls.
In the toddler category gifts are needed for 22 boys and seven girls.
In the age three-to-six group gifts are needed for 43 boys and 41 girls.
In the age seven-to-10 category gifts are needed for 36 boys and 26 girls.
In the age 11 to 17 category gifts are needed for 44 boys and 40 girls.
For regular food hampers throughout the year, she says donations are needed of pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, Mr. Noodles, Side Kicks, rice, canned soups, pork and beans, canned meats and fish, canned fruits and vegetables, juice, breakfast cereal, and peanut butter.