Today marks the start of the Swift Current Salvation Army Food Hamper Campaign.
This annual charitable initiative is done so that families in need can be assured that they will have a hamper full of food for the holidays.
Starting today, generous and charitable individuals will be able to bring non-perishable food goods to the Salvation Army, where they will be transformed into Food Hampers. Also today, those who need the hampers can begin to register at the Salvation Army in Swift Current.
Leftenant for the Swift Current Salvation Army, Bill Mailman, is always grateful for the support that this campaign receives from the locals and encourages anyone who can or needs to get involved.
"People can come in the evening," informed Mailman. "Just show up at that time, and we will get you registered."
Those who sign up for the food hampers will probably get a gift card, depending on the size of their family. That gift card will be able to help them buy meat for their Christmas meal.
"We are hoping to have some fresh vegetables to give out as well," said Mailman.
Early Christmas Eve Packs for families with children are also open to register. They will, based on the children and family size, get the same chance with a gift card. They will also get to shop through the Salvation Army itself for some additional food and toys.
The Food Hampers are designed to give everyone a good meal for the holiday season, particularly for those who happen to need a bit of extra help making a few ends meet. Whether that is with food, or even ensuring kids get toys on Christmas to open up.
"It's for those struggling because of one reason or another, confirmed Mailman. "It could be the economy or other things like that. We're just trying to help out with Christmas plans."
Folks looking to donate to the Food Hamper Campaign can drop off gift cards of $25 or more at the Salvation Army. Cash is also accepted, and can be used to purchase similar gift cards by the staff for the campaign.
Registry times run from November 6, today, November 7, and November 9. Times for these days are from 10 a.m. to noon, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday also will have registration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..
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