Lorraine Bates, with the Christmas Hamper Society, unloads toys in November. (THE NEWS – files)

Fewer people needed Christmas hamper help

Only 388 families from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows signed up

Fewer people needed the help of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society this year.

Compared to 2018, when 400 families registered for toys, clothes and a Christmas Day dinner grocery voucher, only 388 people signed up for such help this December.

Back in 2011, a total of 640 families received hampers.

Tina Kirkpatrick, with the hamper society, said it seems that economic times are better.

Read more: Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society fill in the gaps

“I wouldn’t say there’s not the demand, but people do seem to be more financially stable,” she said Friday.

However, it’s a concern that people are leaving it later each year to register, she said. And starting registration earlier isn’t the answer either, because that was tried a number of years ago, she added.

Read more: Loads of toys trucked in for Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows Christmas hampers

This year, in order to maximize the number of registrations, the hamper society held five registration days at different venues. Despite that, some people still came to the society after registration had closed.

“There appears to be more help,” Kirkpatrick said. She noted that the Langley Christmas organization contacted Maple Ridge because there were no families in Langley needing to be sponsored for Christmas.

Read more: Realtors Care Blanket Drive coming in November

She said that people really helped out when it came to helping move tonnes of toys to the barn in Albion flats.

And, “The Realtors (Care) Blanket Drive was phenomenal,” she said.

This year, realtors brought in more than 290 bags of warm blankets and clothes, a new record.

Kirkpatrick said that the hamper society volunteers “are the best and put in as much time as they possibly can.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Comments are closed

Just Posted

Practical nurse thanked with donation to Ridge Meadows Hospital

Benito Tuyor was singled out as a ‘Caregiving Angel’ for the compassion he showed a patient

Ridge Meadows top cop recognized with global award

Supt. Jennifer Hyland earns international honours for mentoring and coaching

Overdose issues continue to plague Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP responded to five overdoses in two days last month

Non-profit Maple Ridge preschool closing after 30 years

Golden Ears Preschool will not be opening in September

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Abbotsford school vice-principal accused of getting Instagram ‘confessions’ page shut down

@A.S.S.S.Confessions page claims school officials contacted families to find out person behind page

Recreational chinook openings leave First Nations frustrated on the Lower Fraser

Limited recreational openings for chinook on the Chehalis and Chilliwack rivers being questioned

Most Read