Stockings may remain empty this Christmas for some children in the Fort, and some may have a little less to celebrate.
The program, which helps to ensure there is something on the Christmas dinner table for over a hundred families and singles each year and also helps to ensure children of struggling families have a little something to unwrap under the tree, may not happen as it normally would.
Treena Beauchamp and Vince Prince, the past coordinators have now moved to Prince George, and can no longer do the job of coordinating.
Beauchamp said she is willing to do a modified drive, to collect donations to ensure there are basic food hampers for people, but she would not be able to do drop boxes at locations across the community without additional help, and she doesn’t think she would be able to do toys.
A story in The Courier in September called for people interested to contact coordinators Treena Beauchamp and Vince Prince, but so far no one has come forward.
According to Beauchamp, letters to potential donors need to go out now, and a location for the pick ups and storing the hampers needs to be found.
While she is working to make sure the letters get out, Beauchamp said she won’t be able to do the entire drive from her new home in Prince George, as the regular pick ups required for the drop boxes need someone in the community to be there more frequently.
While she knows people will begin to feel the Christmas spirit very soon, she worries it will be too little too late for those who really need it this season.
“It’s such a great service,” said Beauchamp.
But given the circumstances this year, “it’ll be what it’ll be,” she said.
Anyone interested in helping out can contact Beauchamp at: firstname.lastname@example.org.