Santa’s Little Helpers distributes 34 hampers

Christmas food hampers and toys are ready to go for Santa Little Helpers of the High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council. Left-right, are Parent Link co-ordinator Kerry Cunningham, office manager and CFO Denise Willier, Santa’s Little Helper co-ordinator Jenny Kay, Brighter Futures Next Steps co-ordinator Harmony Cunningham and office administrator Tanya Auger.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Many families and households had plenty on their tables with Christmas hampers from the High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council.

Santa’s Little Helpers were busy sorting, wrapping gifts and packing food at the High Prairie Children’s Centre on Dec. 20-21.

“We distributed 34 Christmas hampers,” project co-ordinator Jenny Kay says.

That was almost double from 19 in 2016, but similar in 2015 when 37 were delivered.

Hampers from Santa’s Little Helpers served 28 families for a total of 82 children, as well as six singles.

“We usually average about 45 hampers in the past several years,” Kay says.

She notes the lower numbers the past few years could be attributed to the number of local people on social or government assistance that has been strengthened, or employment insurance for those who recently lost their jobs.

Recipients were well-fed from the hampers.

“It’s a complete Christmas dinner,” Kay says.

Each food hamper included a turkey or ham, all the trimmings, potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls, and pie, as well as some candy canes.

Despite the lower numbers of applications, support and donations remained strong.

“We received about $4,500 in donations of toys and $1,458 in cash donations,” Kay says.

“The community is always generous and supportive, no matter what kind of year it is.”

More toys were donated as part of a province-wide toy drive by The Bargain Shop.

“That’s also why donation were up, that brought in a lot,” Kay says.

Players of the High Prairie Legionnaires midget hockey team again served to deliver the hampers Dec. 22.

Lots of toys for girls and boys were wrapped by Santa’s Little Helpers. Left-right, are Parent Link co-ordinator Peggy McCarthy, Healthy Families worker Lorraine Bunch and administration employee Annette Forrester, who look at the abundance of donated toys.

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