Kamryn Marks

Pennies for Presents pile up

Generosity has pushed the fund to more than $3,700 this week

“We can do this,” Jennesa Phillips told her colleagues at work and they did.

Phillips, her workmates and the customers at the A&W in Merecroft Village have raised more than $100 in two weeks for the Campbell River Mirror’s Pennies for Presents fund.

Mirror staffer Marianne Graham, who organizes the newspaper’s fundraising campaign, says their generosity has pushed the fund to more than $3,700 this week.

“It’s an awesome cause,” Phillips says. “So many families need this help.”

As in years past, two Mirror carriers will go on a shopping spree later this month and purchase a Santa-sized sack of presents for kids nine to 15 years old. Those gifts will go into Campbell River Knights of Columbus Christmas Hampers.

Pennies for Presents contributors who go to the trouble of rolling their pennies prior to dropping them off get to put their names in a draw for a gift hamper.

The Knights of Columbus invest many hours of volunteer work collecting, boxing and delivering the Christmas hampers.

This year’s Hamper Fund is now accepting applications. This is the 39th year that the Community Christmas Hamper Fund has been in existence. It is anticipated that approximately 1,200 hamper applications will be processed before the Dec. 11 deadline.

Application forms are available at the Campbell River Employment and Income Assistance Office located at 833A 14th Avenue.

Delivery day for the hampers will be Saturday, Dec. 22.




Just Posted

Zeballos wildfire not getting any closer to town – BC Wildfire Service

Authorities optimistic about Zeballos; choppers grounded due to heavy smoke

Fire completely destroys home in Campbell River

Cause unknown in fire that gutted Willow Point home on Sunday

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Suspect in Spiderman suit steals camera on Vancouver Island

Suspect in red and blue “onesie” caught on surveillance footage breaking into truck in Nanaimo

B.C. team stays alive in Little League World Series after another nail-biter

Surrey-based squad scored a 6-4 win over Mexico reps in Williamsport on Monday

Zeballos wildfire not getting any closer to town – BC Wildfire Service

Authorities optimistic about Zeballos; choppers grounded due to heavy smoke

Kids, seniors at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says children’s lungs don’t fully develop until about age 10

B.C. mother charged in 7-year-old daughter’s death appears in court

The 36-year-old mother, of Langley’s Aaliyah Rosa, has been charged with second-degree murder

VIDEO: Teen soccer phenomenon Alphonso Davies to visit B.C. kids camp

The 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecap player is one of the youngest players in MLS history

New plan to lift more than two million people past the poverty line

Anti-poverty strategy will aim for 50 per cent cut in low-income rates: source

Liberals scrap lottery system for reuniting immigrants with their parents

Lottery for parent sponsorship to be replaced, more applications to be accepted

Most Read