With Christmas less than a month away, it looks like a lot of people in Drumheller and area could be relying on a little extra assistance this year.

Thursday, November 22 was the official cutoff for people seeking a Christmas hamper from the Salvation Army.

"It's difficult to tell because we still have so many people looking to book an appointment," replied administrator Janessa McAuley when asked about numbers this year. "We are over 100 families, but as of right now, we are less than our final number of last year, so we'll have to wait and see; it's pretty close."

McAuley said they're seeing a lot of the same people from last year at the appointments.

"A lot of young families, along with single parents, she outlined. "There's people we've seen before and also a lot of new people, so it's kind of constantly changing."

As they get ready for Christmas, the Salvation Army is also getting ready to fill the Food Bank shelves with the annual Red Bag Food Drive this coming Thursday, November 29.

"Now, we have a much more functional (building) and bigger capacity in our storage, so we're actually hosting the food drive here at the building rather than delivering everything to the Co-op Mall," noted McAuley.

Details on this year's Red Bag Drive and Christmas hampers can be found through this link.


More Local News

UPDATE 11 Avenue SE Blocked Off By RCMP

UPDATE; The bomb squad from Edmonton attended the scene, inspected the suspicious item and deemed it not to be explosive. Residents will be allowed back into the building later this evening. On…

Local Teacher Reflects on Notre Dame Fire

Many Canadians woke up on Monday morning to the news of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France was engulfed in flames. While the flames were miles away, the impact was still felt in the…

Morrin School Announces Hockey Program

On Tuesday, Morrin School Principal, Don Yavis, announced a new option for the junior high students where they will be able to learn about and participate in hockey.

Horner Dominates in Drumheller-Stettler

The people of the Drumheller-Stettler riding have had their voices heard with the Provincial Election last night and their voices selected Nathan Horner as their future MLA.

Nathan Horner Wins Drumheller-Stettler Riding

UCP candidate Nathan Horner has won the Drumheller-Stettler riding with a landslide of majority votes. With 96 polls reporting out of 102, Horner leads his closest rival, Independent Candidate Rick…

LIVE Coverage - 2019 Alberta Election

LISTEN LIVE to our 2019 Provincial Election coverage for the Drumheller-Stettler and Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding with Jason Blanke, Allie Ruckman and special guest Heather Colberg (Mayor - Town…

DrumhellerOnline.com is Drumheller's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide