With Christmas only about seven weeks away, things are starting to get busy at the Salvation Army in Drumheller.
Not only do they run the area's biggest food bank, they will also be helping people in need with hampers to get them through the holidays.
"We're already in full-on Christmas mode over here in terms of planning, but we don't really get out there for another few weeks and so, when people are already thinking about supporting us, it's a huge blessing on our end," outlined Captain Jennifer Hillier.
The Salvation Army just received two donations of cash and food collected by local businesses, which Hillier says helps to set them up for their busiest time of the year.
"Registration is next week for toy and food hampers and so, that will give us a better idea what we're looking at," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "Last year, we were well over 100 and that's kind of our mark for this year, what we can anticipate, but we never really know until we get through the next couple weeks of appointments."
The next big event for the local food bank is the Red Bag Food Drive, coming up on November 30.
"This is an event that the community just takes and runs with it," marvelled Hiller. "We have people planning it, but it's the community that comes out and rallies around and does all the work for this event. It's amazing to see and every year, it just encourages my heart to be a part of that event."
If you'd like to know more about this year's Red Bag Food Drive, follow this link.