Christmas hampers rolling out today
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Paula Dawe — committee member with the Roland Shears Memorial Christmas Hamper program — is overwhelmed with the amount of support from the community at large, as she stands amongst the dozens of bagged-up toys to be delivered with the food hampers tomorrow in the Upper Lake Melville area. Emergency hampers for those in need will be available at the Labrador Friendship Centre up to Dec. 24th
The turkeys were on hand, and so were dozens of volunteers at the Anglican Church this morning in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, as hundreds of food hampers — including gifts — were loaded onboard the Salvation Army Emergency Response vehicle to be dropped off to families in need.
"We are so grateful for the support of the community," said Paula Dawe, long-time organizer and committee member with the Roland Shears Memorial Christmas Hamper program.
"This would not be possible without them."
Extra food hampers have also been put together and will be available at the Labrador Friendship Centre up to and including Christmas Eve, should someone find themselves in need.
It was a sight to behold yesterday, as over a dozen volunteers came together at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church to fill hundreds of boxes for those in need.
The Roland Shears Memorial Christmas Hamper program was in full swing, with bags of veggies, containers of cookies and giant bags of presents layed here, there and everywhere while volunteers worked like a well-oiled machine to get the boxes ready for delivery today.
“We were here (Dec. 18) from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., taping boxes and sorting toys,” noted Paula Dawe, committee member with the Roland Shears Memorial Christmas Hamper program.
“We started again (the next day) at 8 a.m.”
Bessie Michelin came with extra-special treats.
In just the last two weeks, the Happy Valley-Goose Bay woman made up enough snowballs to fill 232 Ziploc bags with a half-dozen per bag, as well as 230 mini-loaves, including fruitcake, chocolate chips, and blueberry.
“For two weeks, I barely left my house!” laughed Michelin. “But it was for a good cause. Christmas baking was always big in my house over the years, and I wanted other families to have something as well.”
Kerry Saner-Harvey is with the Mennonite Central Committee and volunteered his time to help pack up boxes. But he also took someone with him to lend a hand — his three-year old daughter, Idonea.
“I’ve volunteered here for many years, but this is Idonea’s first year,” smiled Saner-Harvey.
“I thought it would be fun for her to be involved and get her hands into helping — it’s never to early to start!”