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.