Submitted by Marian Whitby
Once again, the Christmas season is fast approaching and the Alder Flats, Buck Lake and Winfield Santa’s Anonymous committee is gearing up to help needy families in our community.
We are collecting non-perishable food items, unwrapped gifts and monetary donations throughout the area. There will be donation boxes and tins at a variety of businesses and schools in the area and we would be grateful for any donations.
The food and gift hampers will contain staples such as cereal, canned goods, flour, sugar, tea, coffee, juice, rice and pasta. We will add perishable items of a turkey or ham, potatoes, buns and Christmas oranges. Our primary goal is to provide food for the families to help carry them through the winter months. We also like to include basic necessities such as soap, shampoo, etc. Lastly, we include a gift or two for each family member. Everything is packed into brightly wrapped Christmas boxes and delivered a few days before Christmas.
Recipients are referred each year via self-referrals, social agencies, schools and churches. If you know someone who needs extra help this year and would like to refer them please contact one of the above agencies or call Lois Gilbertson at 780-682-2388 or Marian Whitby at 780-388-3774 before the first week in December. The donation boxes will be collected approximately December 9.
We thank you for your generosity and wish you a safe and happy Christmas.