A total of 269 applications have been made for food hamper assistance in Williams Lake this Christmas, says Salvation Army Cpt. Claudine Kadonaga.
A total of 256 children are also on this year’s gift list.
In Williams Lake the Salvation Army is seeing more and more people who are holding down two, at times even three, part-time jobs; and still cannot make ends meet, Kadonaga reported this fall.
This Saturday, the 10th annual Tribune Food and Toy Drive offers an opportunity for the whole community to come together to help the Salvation Army make Christmas a little brighter for those in need this season.
A gift for a child, donation of non-perishable food, or money donation will be rewarded with a gift from one of 50 participating local businesses.
In exchange for donations people will get to pick an envelope (one per family) from our Christmas tree.
Donors will also have a chance to have their names put into the draw to win one of four grand prizes: mechanical labour donated by 150 M&S Tire and Service; a half-day spa package donated by Eloquence Spa; a gold chain donated by Excelsior Jewellers; or a round trip for two to Vancouver donated by Pacific Coastal Airlines.
As in past years, a fleet of trucks from Cariboo GM will be there to carry your donations to the Salvation Army.
Please help support the Salvation Army Food Bank by dropping off nonperishable food items, toys or money donations this Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Tribune office at 188 North First Ave., between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
For more information on the Tribune food and toy drive and information about participating businesses please turn to the supplement in this issue of the Tribune and the Tribune Weekend.
Let’s all do our part and help others this season, which is, after all, a time of giving.