By Marianne Curtis
Everyone knows that Christmas takes place December 25 but deadlines to obtain a Christmas hamper arrives earlier each year. In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, the Dawson Trail Dispatch has compiled this year’s hamper disbursement list a month earlier to ensure that no one is missed this year.
Almost every town or RuralMunicipality is doing what they can to help provide less fortunate families with the basic needs so children will not go hungry or without gifts this holiday season.
Donations of all kinds are still needed by all these organizations, with the need for volunteers to help with deliveries so please, give generously.
Anyone needing a hamper or knowing someone in need are encouraged to contact any of these organizations.
Vita: For the Vita area you can contact the RM of Stuartburn office for information at 425-3218.
Grunthal: The GrunthalChurches, Credit Union, gas stations and Grunthal Grocery are accepting donations of foodstuffs and toys to provide their area residents from the community and area with hampers. Call 434-6793 for more information.
Lorette and Landmark: The Tache Hamper Committee is collecting goods for Tache residents. You can contact 878-3329 for information on how to give or provide the names of someone in need.
Niverville: Offers assistance to those in need from communities including Niverville, New Bothwell, Otterburne, St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe, St. Pierre-Jolys and St. Malo. Call 388-4166 for more information.
Ste. Anne: Knights of Columbus in Ste. Anne provides hampers for families within the RM of Ste. Anne. You can contact the parish at 422-8823 for more information.
St. Adolphe and Iles des Chenes: The RM of Ritchot collects the names for people wanting a hamper while the food bank in Ile Des Chenes and the Salvation Army take care of the collections and delivery. Contact the RM office at 883-2293.
Steinbach and Area: SouthEast Helping Hands in Steinbach delivers the most hampers in the region. You can call 326-2599 for more information or pick up a registration paper from the ClearspringMallInfoCenter, Helping Hands or AM 1250. A new online registration form has also been set up at steinbachcommunitychristmas.com.
Christmas hamper application goes online
The organizers of the south east Community Christmas Hamper drive have added a new feature to make it easier for people to request a hamper this coming holiday season.
Moni Loewen, with Community Christmas says the organization has added an online registration for families in need this year at steinbachcommunitychristmas.com.
“It’s quick and easy and saves our volunteers many hours,” explained Loewen.
Anyone who knows of a family struggling with health, finances or a death in the family is encouraged to log on and fill out a form online.
“We, as a caring community, can provide a little extra support at Christmas time,” Loewen added.
Registration deadline is November 30.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Community Christmas program can also contribute at the same site.