Christmas Kindness in Action

Rotary Club sorting food in Huntsville
by juneli
Categories: Divisional News

By: June Li

Many hands make light work – which is exactly what the Rotary Club proved this past month. Thanks to the kindness of the Rotary Club in Huntsville, Ontario, 250 Christmas Hampers were packed and filled with much-needed non-perishable food items. “With all the sorting and packing involved in Christmas Hampers, the whole process usually takes three to four days,” explained Major Darren Wiseman, Corps Officer for  The Salvation Army in Huntsville, “But along with our volunteers, the Rotary Club was able to do it in just one day!”

Though to some, these hampers may just look like a basket filled with food, for many, these hampers represent hope. The increased cost of living in Huntsville has forced many people to make tough decisions on how to stretch a dollar. “There is still a big gap that needs to be filled. In order for people to pay their utilities they have to access our food banks and family services,” says Major Wiseman.

Not only will these hampers help to provide a Christmas dinner for hungry families during the holidays, it will also help The Salvation Army’s food bank in Huntsville stretch their food supplies throughout the year.

The generosity from the community doesn’t end here. Not only is an anonymous individual donating a heated space to store these Christmas hampers, Hunters Bay Radio will also be donating 275 turkeys and all its fixings to The Salvation Army to distribute to families!

“It’s an amazing time of the year, to see everyone come together to help those less fortunate.”

Get Involved!
Looking to give back in Huntsville? Join The Salvation Army in Huntsville and the Huntsville Fire Department on Wednesday, December 5th in support of ‘Project Porch Light’. All you have to do is fill a bag with non-perishable food items, leave it outside your door and turn on your porch lights. Later that evening, Firefighters will pick-up your donation to help fill the shelves of The Salvation Army’s food bank!

Last year, over 27,000 pounds of food was donated!