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Deadline extended for hamper program


Due to lower numbers than expected during last week’s Salvation Army Christmas hamper registration, a late registration day is slated Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Citadel (316 Victoria Ave.)

“People are always coming in late,” said Capt. Eric Alcock of the Salvation Army here.

A reminder that applicants must appear in person and bring along proper family identification.

Capt. Alcock had said last week that about 260-300 food hampers are expected to be given out this year.

“Maybe there will be more. Food bank usage has been up about 15 percent this year,” he remarked at that time.

This year, hampers will be put together—and available for pick-up—on Dec. 19-20 at 336 Scott St. (next to Border Travel). The office space was donated by the Fort Frances and District Association for Community Living.

Capt. Alcock noted the Salvation Army also is accepting participants for both its “sponsor-a-family” or “adopt-a-family” programs again this year.

“We’ve seen strong support from our local business so far. I think it’s been better than any other year,” he said, adding the Bethel Baptist, Evangelical Covenant, and Evangelical Fellowship churches recently raised about $500 for the food bank.

Those who would like to adopt-a-family will be given a family’s profile and with that information, they will put together a complete hamper for the family they’ve adopted.

But while things are going well for the Salvation Army, Capt. Alcock noted it’s already Dec. 3 and donations of toys and non-perishable are encouraged.

Meanwhile, the Christmas kettle program will kick off here Friday, with those familiar red kettles to be seen around town again Dec. 8, 12-15, 19-22, and 24.

Any business or organization that would like to participate in the kettle program can call the Citadel at 274-3871 for details.

All groups who participate can join the challenge to win the Bell Ringer’s Award, which goes to the group that not only raises the highest amount but also is the most responsible in organizing their kettle time.

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