Hampers on the way in Alberni

Alberni's Salvation Army has handed out more than 350 hampers to needy valley residents this week.

Oleg Hrohol of the Ukraine

More than 350 hampers have been handed out this week to people who needed an extra hand to eat over the Christmas holidays.

The Salvation Army on Fifth Avenue at Redford Street was hopping on Monday as volunteers, including members of Canada World Youth, assembled the hampers then handed them out.

This year Kristiana and Bruce MacKenzie, the new community liaison officers, started a small adoptive family program.

About a dozen families were “adopted” by businesses or individuals, who filled hampers for those families.

“We came from a community where we had a really big adoptive program,” Kristiana MacKenzie said. “This was the first year (here). We hope it will be bigger.”

The Salvation Army’s food bank has been inundated with donations, which has been helpful, she said.

“It’s a nice stock for us to build on and it helps us throughout the new year.”

editor@albernivalleynews.com

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