Ways Williams Lake can help bring the spirit of Christmas charity

Finding the balance between taking care of our families, spoiling our children, and thinking of others in a charitable way is tough.

Finding the balance between taking care of our families, spoiling our children, and thinking of others in a charitable way is tough.

As holiday shopping fires up, we are bombarded with promotions from local stores, craft markets around Williams Lake, and charitable need.

Children are telling parents that they “need” the next big thing under the tree, while the Salvation Army’s warehouse is near empty, in need of donations.

For those with the means, gift buying can get out of control as we get caught up in the shopping fervour.

For those without, some parents hope they can get access to anything at all to give their children over the holidays.

But there are simple ways to help and Williams Lake and area residents always do pitch in.

For example, the Williams Lake Stampeders and Heartland Toyota have partnered up for this Saturday evening’s game against the Terrace River Kings to ‘Help the Stampeders Stamp Out Hunger.’ Anyone who brings two non-perishable food items to the game will receive half price on their ticket. All of the food will then be delivered to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Here at the Tribune/Weekend Advisor, our annual Food and Toy Drive goes Saturday, Dec. 13. Stop on by, make a donation and pick a gift item off our tree.

Additionally, the SA’s Christmas Kettle Campaign kicked off last Saturday in the Walmart parking lot. Other kettle locations include Canadian Tire, Wholesale Club, Save-On-Foods, Safeway and the B.C. Liquor Store.

Spare a thought for the less fortunate this season, and remember that what may be one among a dozen presents for your child, could mean the world to a child who would otherwise go without.