Carstairs Lions Christmas hamper program helps many

By Jennifer Isaac

The Carstairs Lions Club is collecting donations for Christmas hampers for needy families in the town and surrounding area.  “This is the 23rd year that we’ve distributed hampers to those less fortunate,” said Al Molnar, chairman of the program. “Our community has always been there to provide that helping hand and we’re counting on support once again.”

Last year, about 30 hampers were distributed in the Carstairs area, Molnar said.  “The community’s continued generosity toward this worthy cause is sincerely appreciated,” he added.

Collection boxes will be set up at the Co-op, Henry’s Foods, Pharmasave, Hugh Sutherland School and Carstairs Elementary School for anyone wishing to donate non-perishable food items or gifts. Cash donations also will be accepted.  “The hampers are very generous, and contain all the trimmings for a Christmas meal, as well as gifts for any children in the household,” Molnar said. “There have been a lot of very grateful people who have been overwhelmed by the size of the hampers.”

Hamper recipients remain completely anonymous and the hampers are delivered to their doorsteps.  Sorting and assembly of the hampers takes place on December 16. Delivery date is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, and is done by Lions Club members.

Names of families requiring a Christmas hamper can be provided to Robin Bowman at the town office. Phone 403-337-2633. Or phone Lion Al Molnar at 403-337-2122.

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