One of the ways people make Christmas brighter for those who are struggling this Christmas is by supporting the Tribune’s 13th annual Food and Toy Drive this Saturday.
The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tribune/Weekender Advisor office at 188 Second Avenue North.
A total of 38 businesses have come together to encourage support for the project.
Bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item to the Tribune and exchanged your donation for one of the gift and/or gift certificates donated by these generous local businesses.
One gift is provided per family donation.
Those who make donations also have their names placed in the draw box for the grand prize draw.
Draw prizes are a round trip for two to Vancouver via Pacific Coastal Airlines; a waterproof heavy duty action camera donated by Canadian Tire; and a 30-inch sink vanity donated by Allcraft Kitchen En’ Counters.
The Salvation Army reports there are 266 applications for food assistance and gifts for children this Christmas.
Toys and gifts are being collected for 206 children under age 12 and 67 teenagers, ages 13 to 17. There may also be some late requests.
Salvation Army Capt. Isobel Lippers suggests board games; lego; craft and drawing items; and gift cards for sports, movies, and pool passes; as well as video games are good gift ideas.
The most needed food items are proteins such as canned peanut butter, salmon, tuna, chilli, canned fruit and vegetables;chunky soup; and canned meats,” Isobel says.
Look for full details in the Wednesday, Dec. 9 Tribune paper, e-editions and Facebook.