Hampers and celebrations set to go for holiday season
By Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily
Even the dentists have put something in community Christmas food hampers this year.
“We’ve had amazing contributions,” says Nelson Food Cupboard organizer Anna Kirkpatrick.
“There are just too many businesses to name who have helped,” she said, citing Au Soleil Levant and Kootenay Coop Bakeries, Oso Negro Coffee, Endless Harvest produce, Silver King Tofu, Kootenay Food Coop and Otter Books as a few.
“And we’ve had dozens of volunteers help us out; this would be impossible without them.”
Almost 600 hampers are going to find their way into area residents’ homes for the 2012 holiday season.
The Salvation Army will distribute 400 hampers and the Nelson Food Cupboard will make up 170, filled with nutritious foods, toys, books, and even toothbrushes!
Registration for hampers is closed, but the Salvation Army is opening up another opportunity to obtain hampers on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 3-5 p.m. at the Sally Ann’s food distribution centre on Vernon Street.
Recipients can apply and pick up food at the same time after 3 p.m.
It doesn’t end here.
“Come January 2, we’re set and ready to go, “ said Sally Ann Major Yvonne Borrows. “It’s a five week stretch in between cheques and already we’re getting ready for it.”
The same goes for the Nelson Food Cupboard located in the basement of the Nelson United Church on Silica Street.
“We have budgeted for the year,” said staff Marya Skrypicczajko.
She estimates that the Food Cupboard supplies food to about 1000 area residents per month.
Donations are always welcome, she said.
Canned fish, whole grains, tomato sauces and canned tomatoes are some of the items that are popular she says. They can be dropped off at the Food Cupboard on Mondays or Wednesdays during regular hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kicking off the party season will be the Women’s Centre Solstice Party from 1-3 p.m. at the centre on Mill Street on December 20. Music, massages, snacks and gifts will abound, says organizer Penny Stephenson.
The Women’s Centre provides free food to women and a free store downstairs with clothes for everyone in the family throughout the year.
During the holidays, Our Daily Bread will remain open Monday to Friday (except Christmas and Boxing Day) and prepare a grand Christmas Eve dinner for folks at 5 p.m. at the Kootenay Fellowship Hall on Stanley Street.
Attendance at lunch has increased at Our Daily Bread to about 80 people per day, says Pastor Jim Reimer.
“Donations are always welcome and turkeys for the Christmas Eve dinner can be dropped off at the hall.”
Volunteers are a real issue because people are going away for the holidays,” he said. “We can always use more.”
On Christmas Day, the Ascension Lutheran Church in Rosemont will take over the Rosemont school to present a Christmas dinner at 6 p.m.
Reservations are preferred; call 250 352-2515, “but no one is turned away,” said organizer Jill Gingrich.
The church also presents a monthly spaghetti dinner at Rosemont school every third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. beginning Jan 16.