KDSS students gather up huge amount of food and toys
By Liz Dadson

The need is greater this year but the Christmas hampers will be full, thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers, a generous community, and more than 100 students from Kincardine District Secondary School.

The KDSS Christmas Knights were out in full force Saturday morning, gathering toys and non-perishable food for the hamper program. Working in groups of three to seven students, they travelled numerous routes from Lorne Beach Road in the north to Heritage Drive in the south. And they brought back bags and boxes of items to help bring a Merry Christmas to those in need.

There are 119 Christmas hampers needed this year, said Anne Gibson, volunteer co-ordinator of the program which is operated through Kincardine Community Services. That's up slightly from 103 last year, she said.

Of the hampers this year, about 40 are going to single adults, with the rest going to families of two to six members - some of those could be a single parent and a child, said Gibson.

While the Christmas Knights play a huge role in ensuring the hampers are full, the community is very generous and many businesses, service groups, schools and churches do a wonderful job of donating food and toys for the program, Gibson said. "We have lots of volunteers and a wonderful spirit here."

Volunteers will begin packing the hampers Monday (Dec. 15) and they will be picked up Friday (Dec. 19), Gibson said. Besides non-perishable food and toys, each hamper will contain a food voucher, potatoes (for larger families), a meat voucher, gift certificates from various businesses, and free passes for skating and swimming at the Davidson Centre.

Five-year-old Eric Hackney, son of Kathy and Dave Hackney of Kincardine, got into the spirit of the season by accepting donations for the food hamper during his birthday party at the end of October. He and his mom, a teacher at KDSS, brought in the stack of items Saturday when the Christmas Knights were at work.

With their skiing Santa are Anirudha Panditrao (L), Natalie Mellick, Tessa Collins, Lauren Marshall, Samantha Lourenssen, Mackenzie Marshall and Cheyenne Hunter

Anne Gibson (L) and Bernadette McAuley check out the stack of toys brought in by the Christmas Knights


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Christmas hamper committee, Anne Gibson (L), Kate Binnendyk, Mary Rigden, Agnes White, Frances Clark, Rhodora Doughty and Barb Burgess

Eric Hackney, son of Kathy and Dave Hackney of Kincardine, holds up some of the donations from his birthday party

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