Holiday food hampers available

Assistance is available to ensure Christmas is a festive time for Greater Vernon and Enderby residents in need.

Assistance is available to ensure Christmas is a festive time for Greater Vernon and Enderby residents in need.

The Salvation Army will start accepting applications for Vernon Christmas food hampers Tuesday, while applications are now available in Enderby.

Vernon Christmas hamper applications will be available at the food bank, both Salvation Army thrift stores and the Talkin Donkey coffee house.

“We ask that applications be taken home for completion and to collect all required documentation in preparation for an application interview,” said David MacBain, community ministries director for the Salvation Army.

“Christmas hamper interviews will take place starting Nov. 18 through to Dec. 13.  Interview times are listed on the applications.”

In 2012, Christmas hampers were provided to 864 households in Vernon.

“We anticipate serving a similar number this year,” said MacBain.

“Gifts for the children and teens are also an essential part of what we have to offer.  To help us make this a wonderfully memorable Christmas for the youth of our community please support the Kiss FM Santa Toy Club, and the Sun FM Teens Count Too campaigns.”

Enderby interviews for Christmas food hampers and gifts will be Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.

Applications in Enderby are now available at Twice But Nice, Canada Post and St. Andrew’s United Church.

“Because the Salvation Army serves both Vernon and Enderby, we are often asked for assurance that donations remain in the town in which the donation is offered,” said MacBain.

“We always assure donors that that is, and always has been, our policy unless the donor requests otherwise.”