Naramata Community/Church Christmas Gift Hamper Program 2020 (posted Dec. 24)
Christmas Gift Hampers were prepared and delivered this week to eleven families of Naramata, thanks to the generous donations from the gracious people of our business community, school, and church.
In this unusual year, without our annual Light-up and Christmas Concert gatherings, the on-line donations, interac donations, and the occasional paper cheque enabled us to complement our smaller non-perishables with a larger grocery gift certificate for each family. The donations were more generous than ever and very gratefully received.
Christmas turkeys with all the trimmings for a festive meal, ample food, and a generous gift box was delivered to each family. Along with the Christmas dinner, Stephanie and Kelly of SOWINS supplied a very large box of gifts for children and parents.
All families were extremely appreciative and grateful, welcoming the gifts at this expensive time of year. As one of the thankful recipients stated:
“There are no words to express our feeling. Thank you so much! You have no idea how this has helped. We have lost our jobs to the pandemic and with a broken-down car, the cupboards were bare to say the least. This gift was beyond what we imagined. Please extend a thank you to all of Naramata. We are so grateful,”
Special Thanks to all these Community helpers:
Naramata Community Church congregation supported the hampers with non-perishable food items and monetary donations.
Naramata Elementary School students, staff, and principal Jeff, who pitched in as usual with the collection of non-perishable food in their classes.
Special thanks to the OAP Friendship Club for their generous donation and the collection of non-perishables and gifts (at the Naramata Store).
And to all these businesses and organizations who provided items or donations which should enable us to continue the Outreach sharing well into 2021.
SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society)
Van Westen Wines
Real Things Pizza
Cedar Hill Lawn and Yard Care
Essential Nature Aromatherapy
Nichol Vineyard Winery
And to all the other community-spirited people who support and encourage the Christmas Gift Hamper Project every year!
A very special thank-you should be given this year to the “elves” who assist in so many ways: identification, gifting, donations, delivery and other great support.
Together, you can see that we all made a big difference to Naramata families this Christmas. We are very fortunate to live in such a caring, concerned, and generous community.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve this wonderful community in a small, but rewarding, way!
Gerry & Audrey Anderson
Thanks again for your generous support of the Hamper Program!