On Wednesday, hundreds of people visited the old Liquidation World space in the Greentree Mall to receive their 2017 Salvation Army Christmas Hamper.

"158 families have registered for Christmas help [which] is up again from last year," said Jennifer Hillier, Captain of the Drumheller Salvation Army. "Over the last three or four years, we have seen a constant increase in those who are needing support. While that is disheartening and discouraging, we want to be there to help people."

The Christmas Hampers were packed by volunteers all week and included fresh vegetables this year.

"We've had over 30, probably 40 volunteers that have come together this week to pack carrots and potatoes and boxes of food and boxes of toys," explained Hillier. "It's an incredible production here and it doesn't happen without very many people coming together to make it work."

In addition to the Christmas Hampers, families received toys for children and were invited to select from a selection of "extra" items including food and winter gear.

"The items in this room, some of it was from the Red Bag Food Drive," Hillier explained. "The gift tags that people took from the tree at Westergard, those are the toys that are available to families today. So, all of it is donated goods from the community. It's amazing."

Hillier thanked the community for all their support this holiday season, including the Drumheller Co-op which donated the space to organize and host the Christmas Hamper event once again this year.

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