Kincardine Christmas Hamper Program gets underway

KDSS Christmas Knights Food and Toy Drive on Dec. 8


Kincardine Community Services Association (KCSA) is kicking off its 2018 Christmas Hamper Program. The program continues to rely on the generous support of the community.


Families and individuals who are in need of assistance this Christmas who wish to receive a hamper should contact their social worker, counsellor, school principal, health professional, minister or helping agency no later than Nov. 30 to have their name put on the list. There are posters around town encouraging those in need to get their names in. It has been the practice of the Christmas Hamper Program to have these third party referrals to maintain the integrity of the program.


The volunteers who put the hampers together use the items donated to make up large boxes to include non-perishable food items, a gift card for some perishable goods (turkey, potatoes, milk, etc), gifts for children and usually hats and mitts for all. Increasingly the need is for food, and festive items are always a treat as well. New toys, baby food, diapers and gifts for teens and single adults - good books, games, winter wear, wallets, hair care and accessories, stationary, personal care items and jewellery - are gifts that are appreciated. Donations of gift certificates for local stores or restaurants are also very welcome.


Once again, KCSA is teaming up with the KDSS Christmas Knights who will knock on doors during their annual Food and Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 8. All of their donations go to the Christmas Hamper Program. There will also be donation drop off boxes at Fincher’s, The Bargain Shop and Canadian Tire stores up until Dec. 7. The local sorority will place small fir trees in Fincher’s and Sobeys to accept knitted and sewn items to be included in the hampers.


Anyone who wishes to donate but will not be home when the Knights come around can drop off their donations (including monetary ones) at the Christmas Hamper Program depot at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall on Friday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon or between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Also, monetary donations can be sent to Rhodora Doughty, PO Box 527, Kincardine, ON, N2Z 2Y9. Cheques should be made payable to Kincardine Community Services Association. Anyone wishing more information can call program co-ordinator Heather Finnie at 519-396-2001.