The Cold Lake Christmas Hamper Project is underway again this holiday season.
On Dec. 18, 19, and 21st the hamper project will give food hampers to those in need. They’re expecting almost 450 applicants.
The food banks is looking for donations, so those interested can donate money to buy food for the hamper.
“We’re anticipating 400-450 hampers. We’ve already got 350 applications signed up and ready to go,” said Phil Crump, manager of the Cold Lake Food Bank, last week on Lakeland Connect.
The hamper project’s fill the bus event will be on Sat. Dec. 15 in front of Sobeys in Cold Lake from 8:30-5:30pm. They hope to receive over 400 turkeys.
“It’s a very enjoyable. We’re collecting food, not just for the Christmas food hampers, but also to stock the food bank so we can carry on for the week before new years and into January,” said Crump.
“So families can get a food hamper for the 18th, 19th, and 21st, but can also make sure if they need help they can get it the next week and into January.”
Those who are interested in receiving a hamper can apply today (Dec. 12) or Friday to receive hampers on either Dec. 19 or Dec. 21.
“On the 18th in the morning from 9am-noon, residents from Cold Lake First Nations come to pick-up their hampers, we’ll be all set up for them. Then at 4 in the afternoon we have a whole team of people to deliver hampers in areas close to Cold Lake. Folks who live in Pierceland and rural areas outside of Cold Lake can come on the 18th and pick it up,” he said.
“We really appreciate the generosity of the citizens of Cold Lake. Businesses of all kinds have already helped us raise the money that’s necessary, but it looks like it’s gonna be a difficult year coming up, so all the help we can get is very much appreciated,” said Crump.
The food bank is also looking for volunteers for Fill the Bus. If you’re interested, call the FCSS in Cold Lake 780-594-4495 and talk to their volunteer services.