Christmas Hamper program underway

KDSS food and toy drive Dec.12

The Kincardine Community Services Association is counting on the generous support of the community to once again make the 2015 Christmas Hamper program a success.


Hampers are filled with many items that can help ease things for local families and individuals in need. There is an increasing need for non-perishable food, including festive treats. Other items that are much appreciated include new toys, baby food and diapers, gifts for teens and single adults (such as books, games, winter wear, wallets, hair and personal care items, stationary and jewellery) as well as gift certificates for local stores and restaurants.


There are many ways to make a donation. The KDSS Christmas Knights will be coming door to door during the annual Food and Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 12. These donations are then delivered to the program depot. If you are not available on this date, drop-off boxes will be available at Fincher’s, the Bargain Shop and Canadian Tire until Dec. 11.


As well, the local sorority will have Christmas trees set up at Fincher’s and Sobeys to accept your knit and sewn items to be included in the hampers. Finally, monetary or other donations can be brought to the parish hall at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cheques made payable to Kincardine Community Services Association can also be mailed to Rhodora Doughty, Box 527, Kincardine, Ontario N2Z 2Y9.


To maintain the integrity of the program for both donors and recipients, all names must be referred. Individuals and families wishing to receive a hamper must contact their social worker, counsellor, school, minister or health professional no later than Dec. 4 to have their name(s) placed on the list.


Any questions about the program can be directed to Heather Finnie (519-396-2001), Kate Binnendyk (519-395-0472) or Barb Burgess (519-396-8345).