Christmas hamper deliveries increase this year

Compassion and caring were wrapped within every Christmas food hamper that went out in Rimbey and the surrounding area this year.

Compassion and caring were wrapped within every Christmas food hamper that went out in Rimbey and the surrounding area this year.

Rimbey Food Bank coordinator Katherine Winters said 70 hampers were delivered this year, up significantly from the 44 that were distributed last year.

“The need was greater this year but donations were fabulous,” she said. “A lot of people seem to realize the state of the economy and really came through.”

The hampers included a turkey and all the trimmings needed to make a delicious Christmas dinner. They also included gifts for the children and enough food to last a family for approximately five days.

Due to the greater need for the hampers in the community this year, Winters said there was some concern that the hampers may have to be smaller, but she said that fear was not realized and the hampers were the same size as usual.

The majority of the hampers were delivered by volunteers on Dec. 22, but a few were handed out on Dec. 23.