Yet another Christmas Hamper effort has found its place in history and, as is the usual case, the people of Campbell River responded beyond expectations in every aspect of the task. When the final bell tolled we had filled 1190 hampers.
This year the response from our schools at every level was absolutely incredible. The children were enthusiastic and responded to our request with generous donations of food, toys and money.
The Mirror and 2Day FM were invaluable in getting information about THE HAMPER out to the general public.
The adult individuals, groups, organizations, clubs and businesses showed their Christmas Spirit as well. This was largely in the form of monetary donations in addition to gift cards, toys and non-perishable food items. This has allowed us to meet our obligations to our suppliers.
An army of volunteers appeared on the Friday and Saturday of Hamper Week to help assemble the hampers and then successfully deliver them.
It is testimony to their desire to get the job done that it was accomplished in record time, a good two hours faster than in previous years. A hamper was loaded onto a vehicle every twenty seconds. By 12:30 p.m. the last of the hampers were loaded onto waiting vehicles and brought to their designated homes.
There were 74 undelivered hampers returned to the depot. The intended recipients were contacted by phone as were some people who had filled out late applications. At the end of Sunday afternoon only 10 hampers remained in the depot (less than one per cent) to be distributed to local organizations who aid the less fortunate on a year round basis.
Judging by the comments of those who participated, it was an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Many a “See you next year!” was heard as they finally exited the depot.
And so, once again, we thank the people of our incredible city for their spirit of compassion and sleeves-rolled-up attitude. You did it again. You made a difference to many by bringing Christmas to them and you did it cheerfully and selflessly.
The Knights of Columbus wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.
Knights of Columbus