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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!

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Campaign off to fast start


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


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