A young volunteer happily receives an item as he assists with packing the 2017 Christmas hampers. (Photo credit Brian Lawrence)

Still time to donate to Stettler Christmas hampers

FCSS expects to help about 150 families

The Stettler Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is expecting to help about 150 families with Christmas hampers this year.

“Last year we had just under 150 hampers delivered in the town and county of Stettler and this year we are looking at roughly the same number,” said Patrick Callin, FCSS Community Engagement Coordinator.

“We did have the initial expectation of a small increase as people are still feeling the economic downturn,” added Callin. “At this point we are on par with the previous year, however, we do always receive some late applications.”

Anyone wanting to donate cash or items to the FCSS’s Christmas hamper program can do so at the Stettler FCSS office at 4720 – 50 St. or at Gitzel Accounting at 4912 – 51 St.

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In addition, the FCSS has boxes set up at the Vault Hair Studio at 5008 50 Ave and Stettler Wal-Mart at 4721 – 70 St.

Items needed include toys, personal hygiene items, gift cards.

The hampers will be delivered on Dec. 20.

“For years we have had a wonderful group of volunteers who deliver hampers, most of them are Atco employees but there are others in the community who help them as well,” said Callin.

Anyone who wants to volunteer their time to help out can contact the Stettler FCSS at 403-742-2337.

Anyone in need of a Christmas hamper can go to the FCSS at 4720 – 50 St. and request an application.

“We work with them to ensure they have filled everything correctly and that we have all required documents needed for the approval process,” said Callin.



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