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Hamper program provides 180 Christmas dinners

Wednesday, 10 January 2018. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Volunteers were busy assembling and distributing food and gift hampers in the days before Christmas. In front, from left, are Judy Bonertz, Teri Harrison, Bev Sorge, Brenda Wilson, Linda Verleun and Lenore Robertson. In back are Terry Sorge, Mike Keehn, Dale Robinson, LeeAnne Sharp Adze, Jamie Holliday, Fred White and John Morin.   Photos  by Shannon Robison

Hamper program provides 180 Christmas dinners

By Georgia Dale

Christmas is a charitable time of year, with businesses and families coming together to contribute to programs dedicated to making the holidays a bit brighter for less privileged families.

This holiday season was no different in Pincher Creek, with over 100 volunteers from the Legion and Legion Ladies Auxiliary, 4-H and other organizations showing up Dec. 21 to wrap presents and fill 180 Christmas hampers with presents, gift certificates and food in time for families to make their Christmas dinners.

Pincher Creek Legion co-ordinates this event each year, says Fred White, who has filled hampers for the last 10 years. In the last three years the Legion, Family Centre, McMan Food Bank and Napi Friendship Centre have combined their separate hamper programs, resulting in a stronger volunteer and donor base.

The main contributors of cash and items for this season’s hampers included McMan Pincher Creek and Area Food Bank, which provided the non-perishable food items, and Pincher Creek Co-op, which provided significant discounts on turkeys and vegetables.

The Legion also acknowledges generous contributions from Fox Theatre, Boston Pizza, Sorge Trucking, Town and Country Liquor Store and Signs Unlimited.

Fred says the community at large deserves “a hearty thank you.”

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Leslee LeBel, manager of Town and Country Liquor in Pincher Creek, was happy to present a cheque to hamper project co-ordinator Fred White. The business and its customers donated $800 that supported purchasing for the food bank hampers.   

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Pincher Creek Legion volunteers and Pincher Creek Co-op staff prepare to load pallets of groceries for food bank Christmas hampers. From left are Jim Peace, Dale Robinson, Fred White, Tom McNab, Cliff Robinson, Dylan Morrow-Schill, John Morin and Allan Kaupp.   Photo courtesy of Pincher Creek Co-op