An old article from 2016, our help to the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Campaign. We hope to help just as much or even more this weekend for our 2018 edition, see you all on Saturday from 10am-12pm!
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