The Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank prepared and handed out 177 Christmas hampers this past holiday season, at a cost of over $30,000 says Food Bank President Stan Salikin.
What was truly remarkable about this year, Salikin says, is that the community stepped up even more than usual.
“Everything spent on hampers this year was raised through fundraising and donations,” he said.
That means the Food Bank doesn’t have to dip into any of its other funds to pay for the Christmas hamper program.
Many, many individuals and organizations donated funds, including a large donation of $7,100 from the Kimbrook. Selkirk Secondary’s fundraising program raised $6,700 and the Food Bank has also recently received $1,800 from the CBC, proceeds from their Food Bank Day.
“It’s certainly gratifying to have the costs covered through donations,” Salikin said. “We’d like to thank everyone, who donated, everyone who volunteered. You can be assured you have made a difference in people’s lives. 177 people and families got to have a Christmas dinner, and toys for the kids, just like everyone else.”
Of course the need doesn’t stop just because the Christmas season is over. Emergency and regular hampers are still being handed out as the Food Bank goes about its work all year round.
Last year the Food Bank distributed 1458 hampers, feeding 2,064 adults and 1,367 children at a value of $187,706.35. The Food Bank relies on the continued generosity of Kimberley and area individuals, businesses and service clubs.