An extension has been given to those in need of nourishment this holiday season.
The Salvation Army Food Bank’s Christmas hamper application deadline is Friday, Dec. 11.
Applications are currently being accepted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., except Wednesday, Dec. 9 applications will be accepted between 5 and 8 p.m.
Due to distribution next week, the deadline is extended but the Salvation Army will not be unable to process any late applications following that date.
Meanwhile Vernon residents keep on giving and supporting those in need.
The total raised this week between the direct mail campaign and the kettles is $186,419.07 with 22 days remaining in the fundraising drive. The total is nearly 40 per cent of the funds required to balance the budget in 2016.
“Vernon has many compassionate and caring individuals. Without support from many of these people, it would be very difficult to meet the growing demand at the food bank” says Captain Jean-Curtis Plante.
In 2014 the Salvation Army raised $368,769.89 which was much lower than needed to balance the budget and resulted in restructuring. This year there is hope that the community can raise the $500,000 required for the food bank to meet growing demand and be cash flow positive throughout the entire year.
The annual Red Kettle Campaign runs until Dec. 24 and volunteers are still needed to fill two-hour shifts at one of the 13 locations in Vernon.
Visit http://vernonhouseofhope.com/ to sign-up online and select the dates that suit you or your team best. For more details or questions on how to get involved with kettles, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (250) 309-3837
Donations can be made online at http://vernonhouseofhope.com/ or monetary donations directly at the House of Hope are gratefully accepted at any time. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20 or upon request. Please ensure to leave accurate contact details in order to process tax receipts.