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Close to 200 families ask for help for Christmas from hamper society in Maple Ridge

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, Dec. 13
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More than 50 bags of warm coats, sleeping bags, winter clothing, new socks and new underwear, in addition to blanket donations from the local Realtors Care Blanket Drive were dropped off at the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society. (Special to The News)

Just shy of 200 families have already registered for help this holiday season at the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.

“It’s been pretty hectic this first week,” said board chair Tina Kirkpatrick about the more than 182 applications they have already received.

Registration began on Monday, Nov. 13 and will be open until Wednesday, Dec. 13 – the final day to apply if you think you might need help for the holidays.

“The Realtors and several students from MRSS, (Maple Ridge Secondary School), were here today to help set up the Toy Shop and Rudolph’s. It’s been a busy day,” added Kirkpatrick.

In addition they have had 56 Good Neighbour applications, where individuals or businesses sponsor a family in need.

Families can range anywhere from two people to more than six people. Sponsors agree to provide the family with a grocery gift card which ranges from $75 to $115 depending on the size of the family and to also provide $125 worth of new toys or gifts for each child in the family, using their wish lists as a guide.

Donations have already started streaming in for the Toy Barn, the Kid’s Only program, and Rudolph’s Recycle Gift Shoppe.

Local real estate agents have brought in about 50 bags of warm coats, sleeping bags, winter clothing, new socks and new underwear, in addition to blanket donations from their Realtors Care Blanket Drive. With more expected to be dropped off.

The first “shoppers” are expected at the toy barn this weekend, Nov. 25 and 26 – which will go until Saturday, Dec. 16.

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The Toy Barn is being set up and will see the first ‘shoppers’ this weekend, there are several dates set aside for this and will go until 16th December.

Donations of new unwrapped toys, in addition to gently used items like toys, puzzles, games, books, crafts, decorations, clothing – especially winter clothing, coats, and boots – housewares, blankets and bedding, towels, jewellery, and unopened toiletries, are welcome.

Items they will not accept are stuffed toys, used underwear or socks, furniture, or VCR tapes.

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Rudolph’s Recycle Gift Shoppe will be open on Saturday Dec. 2nd, 9th and 16th.

Donations for the Kid’s Only part of our program – where the children can select a gift for their parents – should be new and unopened and can include scarves, gloves, gift cards, or sports memorabilia.

The last day for donations will be Thursday, Dec. 14.

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society is a member of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and was established in the late 1960’s by volunteers from community service clubs and the volunteer fire department to help struggling families at Christmas time.

For more information about the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society go to mrpmchristmashamper.org.



Colleen Flanagan

About the Author: Colleen Flanagan

I got my start with Black Press Media in 2003 as a photojournalist.
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