By Justin Seward
The annual Foremost Christmas Giving got underway last week with the accepting of donations.
“We are operating this year again and we’re taking donations through various businesses in Foremost,” said Corinna Roth- Beacome, 40 Mile Regional FCSS executive director.
The initiative is taking non-perishable food items, toys and different groups are taking warm mittens, hats and warm clothing.
“We will be putting together Christmas hampers for local community members in need,” she said.
“If there is a family that is certainly in need in the south portion of the County of Forty Mile and Foremost, then if they just call into our office, we would do the intake with them or people can make a referral to us-it’s all anonymous.”
Roth-Beacome says the Christmas Giving is always looking for cash donations as well which will allow for the purchase of give certificates so families or individuals can buy perishable food items for the hampers.
There are donations bins set up at Foremost businesses including the Royal Bank of Canada, ATB Financial and Back 40 Foods to name a few.
People can also purchase and leave donations at Foremost Home Hardware.
The Shortgrass 4-H Club will be helping out with collecting and sorting this year.
“We have a lovely 4-H group that is their own cohort,” she said.
“That 4-H group is going to go around and collect all the items from the businesses and they will be sorting them for us.”
Physical distancing and masking will be practiced for assembling and delivery of the hampers.
Donation drop began last week and will run until Dec. 16.
Hamper delivery will begin on the week of Dec. 21.