Sandy Prette

’Tis the season to feed hampers

Tearful smiles fill the days of December as volunteers build, then hand out, Christmas hampers.

Tearful smiles fill the days of December as volunteers build, then hand out, Christmas hampers.

“The tears of joy are all we need and it’s makes it all worth while,” said Gayle Ireland, West Shore Christmas Hamper Fund president.

The West Shore Christmas Hamper Fund gets into full swing Dec. 1, but volunteers need help.

“Cash is great because we can get more for our money,” said volunteer Sandy Prette, explaining the program purchases in bulk to get better deals.

Unwrapped gifts are also part of the hamper program. When parents come to pick up the hamper, they can select gifts suited for individual kids.

“We need presents for newborns up to 17-year-olds. Teenagers are the hardest to shop for,” she said, suggesting wallets, watches, monogram T-shirts, scarves and cosmetics are good teen gifts.

Those aged 12 to 17 also get gift cards while the younger kids get a gift from Santa.

Last year the hampers served 1,001 adults and 506 children.

“Every year we have more people requesting hampers. Many people out in the community just cannot afford it. Many people don’t want to ask for help but we are here for them,” said Prette who also volunteers with the food bank. “(Our clients) are so thankful to even have the hampers. They are something they wouldn’t normally get.”

Volunteers hope to have the bulk of donations by Dec. 16, but accept last minute donations. Hampers will be distributed on Dec. 17, 18 and 19.

Donations for the West Shore Christmas Hamper Fund will be collected starting Dec. 1 the Goldstream Food Bank, 761 Station Ave., Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Just Posted

Saanich residents face higher sewer, water and garbage rates

Council is set to ratify an increase of 10.52 per cent for sewer

Saanich Police board chair supports department in case over fired officer, but key questions remain

Case involves former Saanich constable who was the subject of 15 separate misconduct allegations

Remember Spunky? Santa came out to Sidney to check on him

Red-tailed Hawk made headlines last year after being stolen, raised by eagles

MISSING: 59-year-old Pamela Fletcher

Fletcher was last seen in the area near Royal Jubilee Hospital on Dec. 10

Mainroad South Island reminds drivers to keep them in the loop

Call the hotlines for concerns on local provincial highways

Langford elementary school kids test their hand at entrepreneurship

Students sold their own products at a Young Entrepreneurs Fair Friday

POLL: Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

The rain Vancouver Island is famous for is coming down in buckets,… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 11, 2018

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Most Read