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Campaign off to fast start

Liza Nelson and Steve Serviss/Campaign co-chairs


Students at Tallack Martial Arts, seen here in the dojo on Tuesday, raised more than $3,800 at the 21st annual Kids Helping Kids Have a Christmas event, which supports the Salvation Army’s Jerome Taylor Memorial/Whig-Standard Christmas Hampers for Hope Fund. (Julia McKay/The Whig-Standard)

Thanks to the generosity of local individuals, business and organizations, the hamper campaign is off to a terrific start.

Over the weekend, the good people at Tallack Martial Arts held the annual Kids Helping Kids Have Christmas event, featuring the 500-technique challenge. It’s the 21st year the dojo has supported the Jerome Taylor Memorial/Whig-Standard Christmas Hampers of Hope Fund, and the students helped raise more than $3,800. Their efforts are much appreciated.

Melanie Loxton, owner and instructor, said the event has become an important way to create a culture of supporting the community.

“It’s a direct help to the community,” said Loxton, who has been part of the campaign for a decade. “The money was raised in Kingston and stays in Kingston.”

She said one of the lasting impressions for students is the number of families they can help have a better Christmas.

Tallack Martial Arts has been a major supporter and has raised more than $110,000 for the hamper campaign over two decades. We thank them and all of the students for their continued support.

The campaign is now above the $30,000 mark, 20 per cent of the way to our goal of $150,000. The funds, as well as in-kind gifts and volunteers, help provide 3,000 families in our community with a Christmas hamper of food. Hampers are available for pickup on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Frontenac Mall. Volunteers interested in lending a hand on packing or distribution day can email Bonita McCourt at cfsdirector@kingstonsa.ca.

Thank you to all of our donors.

Our donors

Tallack Martial Arts: $3,842.81

Marion Aishford: $25

In memory of Bob and Peggy: $100

Anonymous: $100

Douglas Graham: $100

Anonymous: $50

Ronald and Maryl Hughes: $200

Stephen MacCharles: $500

Anonymous: $100

Stuff the Bus: $138.75

Vivian C. Abrahams: $250

Anonymous: $250

Bud and Barb Beatty: $100

Bernard and Patricia Breen: $150

Charles and Grace Bullock: $50

Gerald Byrne: $2,000

Helen and Mac: $100

Christopher & MaryAnn Chapler: $200

Ronald and Dorothy Cole: $25

Anonymous: $30

Jean Dougherty: $200

Melvin and Verlie Douglas: $100

Robert and Barbara Erb: $100

Lorraine Farrar: $100

Edith Rankin Memorial United Church Unit 1: $95

Jim and Yvonne Gebhardt: $50

David J. Gibson: $200

Anonymous: $300

Richard Henderson: $50

Breanne, Autumn and Jude: $100

Anonymous: $100

Edward Jezak: $100

In memory of Mary Hluschuk: $200

Carol Keith: $25

Anonymous: $300

Donald and Helen Kurman: $50

Robert L’Abbe: $25

Marlene Mathew: $25

Anonymous: $50

Brian McLean: $100

Anonymous: $125

Michael Monaghan: $250

John.W. Morris: $200

Anonymous: $25

Laura Newman: $100

Patrick & Jane Oosthuizen: $100

Wayne and Linda Patry: $200

Phyllis Pickel: $50

Anonymous: $200

Ruth Robertson: $150

Wellington Foreign Exchange Corporation: $500

1361336 Ontario Inc.: $10,000

Gordon Sedgwick: $100

Carolyn Spencer: $20

Anonymous: $50

George Tryon: $50

Dale and Lyne Tuepah: $100

Anonymous: $250

Anonymous: $62

Sharon Wilkinson: $200

Maureen Yearsley: $50

Total to date: $31,483.56

How to Donate

By cheque: Make your cheque payable to “The Salvation Army — Hamper Fund”

Drop off or mail donation to: The Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Fund, 342 Patrick St., Kingston, ON K7K 6R6

Acknowledgement: We will publish your name in our column. Please indicate if you wish to remain anonymous.

Tax Receipt: An income tax receipt will be issued for any amount over $10.

Questions or credit card payments: Call Bonita McCourt at 613-548-4411, ext. 21, or email cfsdirector@kingstonsa.ca; or call Fran Wong at 613-548-1600, ext. 103, or email citadel@kingstonsa.ca