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Campaign off to fast start
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 email@example.com.
Thank you to all of our donors.
Tallack Martial Arts: $3,842.81
Marion Aishford: $25
In memory of Bob and Peggy: $100
Douglas Graham: $100
Ronald and Maryl Hughes: $200
Stephen MacCharles: $500
Stuff the Bus: $138.75
Vivian C. Abrahams: $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
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
Richard Henderson: $50
Breanne, Autumn and Jude: $100
Edward Jezak: $100
In memory of Mary Hluschuk: $200
Carol Keith: $25
Donald and Helen Kurman: $50
Robert L’Abbe: $25
Marlene Mathew: $25
Brian McLean: $100
Michael Monaghan: $250
John.W. Morris: $200
Laura Newman: $100
Patrick & Jane Oosthuizen: $100
Wayne and Linda Patry: $200
Phyllis Pickel: $50
Ruth Robertson: $150
Wellington Foreign Exchange Corporation: $500
1361336 Ontario Inc.: $10,000
Gordon Sedgwick: $100
Carolyn Spencer: $20
George Tryon: $50
Dale and Lyne Tuepah: $100
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Fran Wong at 613-548-1600, ext. 103, or email email@example.com