The annual Joy of Giving campaign started last week and are looking for donations to fill a sack for local less fortunate Bow Island families this holiday season.
“The campaign is pretty much following the same pattern as it has been in the years gone by,” said Alta Magee, Joy of Giving campaign chair.
“We have a period of time where people can nominate families who are in need of a hamper for Christmas. It can be an individual who knows a family or a family can just nominate.”
Donations include cash at the post office, non-perishable food items, toys and gifts that are age appropriate for children up to the age of 16, toiletries, new mittens and scarves
The campaign will accept donations from Nov. 4 to Dec. 16 and can be accepted at ATB Financial, Servus Credit Union, Bow Island Apple Drugs, at both entrances of the Bow Island Health Centre and at the Susan Andersen Memorial Library.
“It’s actually gone very well in the last few years,” she said.
“The community response is amazing. The donations that we get, both cash donations and donations from businesses and just from the general public.”
There were 24 families with 367 children serviced in 2018, while in 2017 30 families with 50 kids were served.
People can nominate a family up until Dec. 2 by contacting Magee at (403) 502-9092 or drop off a letter at the Bow Island post office where she will collect them.