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.

 

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