Over the years, many grateful families have received hampers thanks to the generous donations from the gracious people of the school, church, businesses, and community in Naramata. We plan to continue the tradition this year, but with some modifications due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s a quote from last year on MyNaramata:
“All families were very appreciative and grateful, welcoming the gifts at this expensive time of year, Christmas turkeys with all the trimmings for a festive meal, ample food, and extraordinary cash donations enabled us to provide a generous gift hamper (3 large boxes) for each family.
As well as purchasing the Christmas dinner, the monetary donations enabled us to give a healthy grocery gift certificate to each family for future use,” stated Gerry Anderson.
As there will not generally be “physical” gathering opportunities in this year of pandemic to give a little something to Naramata folks and families in need this Holiday Season, we want to inform you of ways we can still receive your support.
Here are a couple of options for donating non-perishable food items:
As always, the school staff and children are collecting non-perishable food items to contribute to the church hampers. Please follow the health and safety guidelines—the drop box will be just inside the main door.
Naramata OAP Friendship Club.
Donations of non-perishable food items may be dropped at the Friendship Club next to the Naramata Library any morning Monday – Friday between 9 AM – 10 AM.
Here are a couple of options for donating financial support:
Here is a special form to donate online DIRECTLY FOR THE HAMPER PROGRAM (along with a Progress Bar that will show how much has been raised).
On the “Donate Now” page of our website, there are also instructions for sending us an interac transfer, which you can do either FOR THE HAMPER PROGRAM (if you tell us in the comments when you send the donation), or also for church operations (our general fund), as we are fortunate to receive this support from many of our neighbours and friends at this end of year time. Tax receipts will either be issued by CanadaHelps (if you donate by the online donation forms), or will be issued by the church (if you send us an interac transfer or mail us a cheque). At this time, we PREFER online donations because it eliminates manual handling and is our safest way, for you and us both, to receive your gifts.
Gerry Anderson, co-coordinator of the Naramata Community and Church Hamper Program, wants to make sure he has identified Naramata residents who may need a bit of help this year. He would like to hear about local families or individuals that could use a hamper. Please call to learn the program protocol if you have someone to suggest. He can be called in confidence at 250-496-5939.
We look so forward to working with the school and the community to coordinate this important and needed program, and we appreciate your support!