Revelstoke food bank coordinator Patti Larson (centre) accepts a $2

Revelstoke Food Bank Christmas Hamper donations depot opens

The Revelstoke Food Bank's Christmas Hamper program is now accepting community donations.

The Revelstoke Food Bank’s Christmas Hamper program is now accepting community donations.

Food Bank coordinator Patti Larson said the need is great this holiday season.

Currently, 150 households have already signed up for hampers. Last year the total was 180, including 295 adults and 75 children. Larson said the food bank is on track to eclipse last year’s total.

Larson said heating fuel and clothing costs are hitting families hard. “They’re … struggling in the winter season,” she said.

Cash donations are welcome, and they’re looking for new gifts, toiletries, pyjamas, socks, new toys, clothing and food donations.

The food bank is open for donations and client registration from Monday to Saturday from 10–3 from now until Dec. 23 at their location in the Revelstoke Legion basement on Garden Avenue.

Larson thanked all the community organizations getting involved, noting there are so many initiatives it’s hard to keep track of them all.

(story continues below)

PHOTO: Laurette Lavine shows off a beautifully-handmade children’s blanket and stuffed horse set. There were also great hand-crocheted blankets. Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Times Review

Local financial institutions are chipping in. The TD Bank sponsors families. The CIBC has an Angel Tree at their branch where residents can donate. Revelstoke Credit Union assembles gift packs for seniors. The Royal Bank is organizing a pyjamas and socks campaign.

Revelstoke food bank coordinator Patti Larson (pictured above at centre) accepts a $2,000 cheque from Revelstoke Snowmobile Club representatives Greg Byman, president, and Kathy Burke.

Larson thanked Cooper’s Foods, saying the grocery retailer is always a big supporter of the food bank. “They have bent over backwards for us,” Larson said, noting that store manager James Inglis was loading in boxes of groceries the day before.

There are a number of fundraising events lined up.

(story continues below)

PHOTO: From left: Deb Thibeault, Dynnette Percher and Joan Thatcher put together Christmas hamper boxes at the Revelstoke Food Bank on Dec. 4. Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Times Review

The B3 Kings play the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre on Dec. 19 in a fundraiser concert. Bring a cash or food donation to the concert.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train arrives in Revelstoke on Friday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the CP Rail yard, and features musicians Melanie Doane and Matt Dusk. Bring a cash or food donation to the concert.

The Frontier Restaurant hosts their annual Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day from 1–3 p.m. Thos interested in contributing, volunteering or needing a ride can call Ginger at 250-837-4129.

Larson encouraged people to donate as early as possible.

 

Just Posted

FortisBC to maintain gas rates for the remainder of 2019

The next review for natural gas and propane costs will be in Dec. 2019

Revelstoke company airing on Dragons’ Den this fall

Did the Dragons invest? Find out on Oct. 17

Photos: For the love of garlic

Highlights from 2019 Revelstoke’s Garlic Festival

Books for Kids campaign aiming for $30,000

Money raised during the campaign will help Revelstoke improve literacy and love for reading

Man cycles across B.C. Interior for sobriety

Vancouver Island Resident Mat Fee is approaching the final phase of his cross-Canada bike journey to raise awareness about addiction recovery.

‘It’s almost surreal’: South Okanagan fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Victoria father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Vancouver police could be using drones to fight crime by end of year

The police department has already purchased three drones, as well as three others for training

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Okanagan ski racer chosen for grant in end game

Makena Kersey, 18, has called it a career following a gruesome leg injury, but story inspires grant

North Okanagan’s own CSI digging into crime mysteries

Forensic Identification Section a specialized support unit used in various cases

Most Read