The site at 75 Plant Farm Blvd is busy getting Christmas Baskets ready for delivery on Monday, December 22nd.
Current registration counts indicate approximately 2,225 households registered for Christmas Baskets Program this year. This is down from last year’s total of 2,350. “We are happy to see this number drop,” says Heather Vanner, Executive Director. “However, the need is still great. There are many people in our community who continue to need the support of Christmas Baskets to help them get through the holidays.”
Registration totals includes individuals and families from Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations. Each year, Christmas Baskets hampers include turkeys, hams, and fresh produce.
“Although our registration is down, we still need to ensure we have enough food to provide for those who have registered. Food and monetary donations ensure the program can provide everything that is needed for a Christmas meal. Without donations from the community, we struggle to provide enough for everyone,” says Vanner.
Monetary donations are still needed and encouraged throughout the holiday season, says Vanner, “Although delivery day is Monday, it’s not too late to make a donation. Invoices for turkeys and food will need to be paid.”
Monetary donations can be made at the Christmas Baskets Program (75 Plant Farm Blvd.), at Community Resource Service (1100 Clarence St. S., Suite 202) and by clicking on the DONATE NOW button on the Community Resource Service website: www.crs-help.ca.
Delivery day, this Monday, is a chance for us to come together to support people in need. “We need the help of our community to ensure hampers get to the individuals and families who need them.” The program relies on community members to help deliver baskets. “Anyone with a vehicle can help,” says Vanner. “If people would like to help deliver baskets on Monday, they can come to 75 Plant Farm Blvd. after 8:00 a.m.”
“Watching our community come together in the spirit of the holiday season is wonderful,” says Vanner, “Delivery day is a fantastic statement about the effort our community makes to help others. It is an energized day that is filled with the spirit of the holiday season.”
The Christmas Baskets program provides each family with food for a Christmas dinner, including a turkey or ham, potatoes, carrots and fresh apples. Donations of extra food, including stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables and fruit are also put into the hampers. Children 14 and under receive a new toy and other donated items, such as stuffed toys, knitted items, books or gently used toys, if available.
For more information, please call:
Heather Vanner, Executive Director
Cindy Oliver, Program Manager