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Food bank unsure of meeting needs

Holly jolly duo: Salvation Army Capt. Sheldon Feener, accompanied by mascot Sally Ann, plays Christmas tunes as he mans the Christmas kettle Friday at Canadian Tire. - James Murray/Observer
Holly jolly duo: Salvation Army Capt. Sheldon Feener, accompanied by mascot Sally Ann, plays Christmas tunes as he mans the Christmas kettle Friday at Canadian Tire.
— image credit: James Murray/Observer

Salvation Army community services co-ordinator Dave Byers is in a quandary.

Some 200 Christmas hamper applications have yet to be returned to the food bank.

“This is a first, and not knowing what we will need is a bit unsettling, as we want to provide a nice Christmas for those less fortunate,” he says. “I understand if they do no longer need help, but I am concerned that some will go without.”

Byers says he  has ordered extra non-perishable items for the food hampers and is hoping there is enough.

“If you can spare a few cans of non-perishables or provide gifts for older children, ages 10 to 16, we would greatly appreciate it,” he says.

While the deadline for returning hampers is today, Byers says he will be at the food bank until Dec. 24.

Byers says he still needs volunteers to mind the kettles. Anyone who is willing to donate two hours of their time to the kettles is asked to call Byers at 250-832-9194. Food bank volunteers are always welcome too.

 

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