Christmas Hampers in the news (some clarifications)


The only way that we as an organization can succeed is through the strength of the relationships we have with the community.  A recent Record Article (here) highlights the power of relationships and the positive change they can make on a local level through volunteering at the Christmas Hamper Program and helping out with the Rotary Club Turkey Drive.

As John, our Executive Director, points out in this video (here) someones’ loss affects us all because we are all connected.  As you can see, (here) the community is mobilizing to help make sure that everyone has some joy on Christmas day as the Christmas Hamper warehouse is now filled with food and volunteers packing hampers and getting ready to deliver them.

Reading the Record article may be a little confusing however.  Here are a few points that hopefully will clear up any questions you may have.

First, you have to apply for a Christmas Hamper in order to receive a voucher for a turkey.  We are not giving out turkeys to anyone who has not receive a voucher in their Christmas Hamper box. If someone is on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program they will have received an application form in the mail.  If someone is working, or on some other form of government income support they may still receive a hamper, they just need to apply in person at one of several sites around the region.  Call 519-742-0662 for more information.

Second, if you have applied for a Christmas Hamper, the deliveries are happening right now (as of December 10) and will likely finish by the 20th of December at the very latest.  If you have applied and not received a box yet, it is coming soon.  The voucher for a turkey will be in the box.

Third, you can still apply for a Christmas Hamper if you have not been able to yet. If someone is low-income, and will not have sufficient money to get a Turkey for Christmas, they may come to us, the Emergency Food Hamper Program at 807 Guelph Street, Kitchener.  All they need is some form of identification for everyone in the household to fill out the form.

Lastly, if you have a voucher, you can take it to one of two locations.  Erb and Good Family Funeral Home at 171 King St. S. in Waterloo, and at the First Mennonite Church at 800 King St. E. in Kitchener. Pickup times are between 9:00  a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the weekend.  More information and a map will be on the back of the voucher.

If you, or someone you know,  has a question about the whole process, please call 519-742-0662 for assistance.

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