This year’s Fort St. James Food and Toy Drive is ramping back up and into action to help local families.
Jasmine Kendall, the drive organizer of recent years, said this year the drive is looking for new or very gently used toys and gifts suitable for teens especially.
Last year, 160 hampers went to families in need.
The drive is always a community-wide effort with cash donations and volunteer help from across the community.
Warm toques, gloves and mittens and baby blankets are also always hot items, said Kendall, as are smaller packages of staples like flour and sugar, instead of larger packages, which can’t be divided up.
The Fort St. James Secondary Student Council will also once again help this year to both sort donations and collect them through their annual Fill the Bus campaign on Dec. 11 and 12.
Intake forms to nominate or request a hamper will be available at the Ministry of Children and Families, Government Agent and Nak’azdli Band office.
People can nominate a family but the family must live in the Fort St. James and Nak’azdli area and must include an address and whether the hamper will be picked up or needs delivery.
All intake forms must be in by Dec. 4 and delivery and pickup will take place on Dec. 19, starting no earlier than 10 a.m. at the Old Courthouse.
Cheques for donations can be mailed to PO Box 777, Fort St. James V0J 1P0 or donors can call Louise Bette to arrange for a drop off at 996-5215.
Those interested in volunteering can contact Judy Greenaway at 996-8484.