Christmas made merrier for many

Volunteers helped wrap toys for children in the Christmas hampers provided by the High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council. Left-right, are Shannara L’Hirondelle and her great-grandmother, Marina L’Hirondelle.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Christmas hampers from the High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council blessed just more than 30 families and individuals.

Santa’s Little Helpers packed food and toys at the High Prairie Children’s Centre before they were delivered Dec. 23.

“We distributed 31 Christmas hampers,” says project co-ordina- tor Kerry Cunningham, Parent Link program co-ordinator.

“We dropped from last year.”

Hampers from Santa’s Little Helpers served 20 families with 46 children and 11 households without children, she says.

In 2018, 39 hampers were delivered to households with a total of 79 children.

“Everyone will have a good Christmas,” says Cunningham.

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

“The food hampers are very generous.”

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

“It’s so overwhelming how much the community supports and donates food, toys and money for the hampers,” says Cunning- ham.

Response and donations from the community remains strong to provide abundant hampers.

“We got lots of donations of toys to give children more than one toy.”

She says the community is always generous and supportive, no matter how the economy may be.

St. Andrew’s School students in Leanne Cox’s Grade 6 class donated toys by selling friendship bracelets they made of donated yarn.

Students raised $170 to buy toys, Cox says.

Many of the toys were collected from an Angel Tree at Revolution Ford and from Red Apple during its annual Fill-a-Sleigh Day on Dec. 7 and three-week Together We Care Toy Drive.

The number of hampers has been higher in recent years.

“We average about 45 hampers in the past several years,” Cunning- ham says.

Players of the High Prairie Legionnaires midget hockey team again delivered the hampers on a bus driven by High Prairie School Division.

Christmas food hampers are ready to go for Santa Little Helpers of the High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council. Left-right, are administrative support worker Tanya Auger, Brighter Futures program co-ordinator Nilda Dube, Stronger Together program family success coach Melody Pruden, and SLH co-ordinator and Parent Link program co-ordinator Kerry Cunningham.

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