Donations now being accepted for Christmas hamper program

The Salvation Army supplies the turkeys and the West Central Crisis and Family Support Centre supplies gifts for children

Kenneth Brown
of The Clarion

It’s the season for giving, and the organizers of an area Christmas Hamper program hope people are in the giving spirit as they collect donations of food and money.

The Kindersley branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has been operating a Christmas Hamper program for more than 50 years. Program volunteers are set up at the Kindersley Mall to accept donations of food and money until Dec. 20.

Christmas hampers are available to anybody living in the boundaries of the former Heartland Health Region, but the majority of recipients live in the Kindersley area. The Saskatchewan Health Authority was proclaimed on Dec. 4, but the hamper program still applies to the Heartland boundaries.

Pam Welter, manager of the CMHA branch in Kindersley, said the donation drop-off location at the mall would be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. pending the availability of volunteers. If the drop-off location is closed or if donors want to ensure somebody is there because they’re making a large donation, they can contact Welter at 306-463-8052. There will be a spot at the mall for food donations after hours.

Welter, a co-ordinator for the program, said 151 hampers were packed in 2016 and 98 of those went to recipients in Kindersley.

For more on this story, please see the Dec. 6 print edition of The Clarion. Christmas hamper program

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