South Peace News
An increasing number of families and individuals less fortunate will enjoy a special Christmas.
Big Lakes County Christmas Angels program distributed 61 hampers on Dec. 19, says Nicole Hanna, manager of Big Lakes County Family and Community Support Services.
“We will be helping 155 people; 84 adults and 71 children,” she says.
Last year, FCSS gave 13 fewer hampers, she notes.
Each hamper includes a turkey, potatoes, carrots, stuffing, corn, buns, gravy mix, cranberry sauce, milk, butter and oranges.
Children in the family also received one gift.
The community again pulled through to fill the hampers and needs of the recipients.
“We had an amazing year for donations,” Hanna says.
“Lots of residents and businesses donated cash.”
FCSS is grateful for that support.
“We thank everyone who has donated,” Hanna says.
“We would not be able to do this program for families in need if it were not for the generosity of donations.”
Eligible recipients within the county boundaries appreciate the hampers, she says.
“It is our goal that every resident of the county enjoys food on the table and toys under the tree this Christmas,” Hanna says.
“Donations of any amount can help us make a big difference right in our own community.”
Last year, FCSS distributed 48 Christmas hampers that served 98 adults and 56 children.
Several businesses, organizations and schools in the region hold special events and campaigns to raise funds and collect toys.