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North Red Hamper Drive kicks off


The North Red Christmas Hamper Drive is underway for 2012.

For all residents of Selkirk, St. Andrews and St. Clements in need of a hamper, volunteers are gearing up to ensure those in need get one this holiday season.

“This is the time of year when each person in our community gives some thought to those less fortunate, those who have hit upon hard times due to illness, loss of a job or inability to work,” says volunteer Angela Petrash.

“At this time of year their plight is that much more desperate and we need everyone’s help and participation in bringing Christmas to these families.”

An entirely volunteer-run and donation-based initiative, the hamper drive relies heavily on community support both for help in gathering materials for the hampers, and the manpower to deliver them in December.

Some of the most sought-after items are toys for kids age 6-12. There’s always a shortage of those, Petrash says.

Hampers are packed and distributed by volunteers. Others are sent out by people such as yourself who wish to help a family.

Wal-Mart gives $5,000 to the hamper drive each year, and will do so again in 2012.

“The program isn’t cheap, we depend completely on donations,” Petrash adds.

Six-hundred hampers were put together last year.

“We’re on schedule to do that again this year,” Petrash says.

Registration began Nov. 14 and two days later there were 114 families registered to receive a hamper.

If you are in need of a Christmas Hamper please call 204-482-7005 to register.

The donation deadline is Dec. 10. Monetary donations are accepted, and new unwrapped toys can be taken to Home Hardware (contact Wendy Lang) or Curves (contact Wendy), and food donations are welcome as well.

Hampers are being delivered between Dec 12 and 18. Volunteers required for packaging, delivery and toy wrapping.

For general inquiries call 204-785-4946.

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