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Hamper full of thanks in Nelson

Some of the volunteers who helped the Nelson Food Cupboard during the Christmas season in November and December. The program handed out 170 hampers in late December. - photo submitted
Some of the volunteers who helped the Nelson Food Cupboard during the Christmas season in November and December. The program handed out 170 hampers in late December.
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Over the Christmas holiday season, close to 500 community members benefited from holiday hampers assembled by the Nelson Food Cupboard.

Through the months of November and December, food cupboard staff and volunteers solicited donations and assembled hampers. In late December, 170 hampers were distributed to families and individuals in the community.

In the words of one hamper recipient, “without the holiday hampers there would be no Christmas at our house.”

“Our holiday hamper program would not be possible without the widespread support of our local community,” said food cupboard coordinator Anna Kirkpatrick.

According to Kirkpatrick, support comes in various forms. Many locals donated coins through the food cupboard’s annual Coins for Christmas campaign. Numerous schools, organizations and businesses hosted food drives. Others made generous cash donations.

Large numbers turned out to support fundraising events such as the food cupboard’s live reading of A Christmas Carol and Fair Realty’s Breakfast with Santa.

Many volunteers baked cookies, rolled coins, made deliveries, shopped for groceries and wrapped gifts.

“People support our work in many ways. On behalf of all our customers we extend a big thank you to all our donors and volunteers,” said Kirkpatrick.

The Nelson Food Cupboard is located in the basement of the Nelson United Church at 602 Silica Street. For more information call 250-354-1633.

 

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