Community Christmas Hamper program under way

A solid group of dedicated people have been busy in the last couple of weeks putting together Christmas hampers

Putting together Christmas hampers on Monday at Gospel Chapel were (from left) Liz Klassen

A solid group of dedicated people have been busy in the last couple of weeks putting together Christmas hampers for less fortunate families and people in the Grand Forks and Boundary area.The Community Christmas Hamper Program is put together by the Gospel Chapel of Grand Forks, which took it over from the Boundary Food Bank a few years ago.The program is in the process of delivering 228 hampers in Grand Forks and 60 to the West Boundary.We’re assembling them this week, said Tammy Battersby, community liaison for Gospel Chapel. “On Wednesday, a truck is going to Rock Creek to the PetroCan for pick up. Thursday a truck is going to Midway and will be at the Bridge (Drop-in Centre) from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.  We will be in Greenwood at the Evangel Chapel on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. We will phone every single person and tell them this.”The deliveries to Grand Forks will take place on Friday. Pick up for Grand Forks will be Friday night from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. both at Gospel Chapel.“The hampers include breakfast, lunch and dinner for Christmas Day, along with toys, hats, mitts and toiletries,” said Battersby. “People donate a little extra food and we just throw it in.”Battersby said they are grateful for all the donations the group received through their fundraisers such as the Angel Tree project. She said they use that money to purchase the food, toys and so on for the hampers.The Boundary Food Bank is only open on one Tuesday in December, the 17th  , and will be closed on Christmas eve and New Year’s Eve.

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