LETHBRIDGE: In spite of an initial toy donation shortage, residents came through in a big
way for local helping agencies ahead of Christmas.
For the seventh consecutive year, the local Inter-Faith and Lethbridge Food
banks joined forces with the Salvation Army to eliminate a duplication of
services as they help the less fortunate at Christmas.
The three agencies helped fill 1945 household food hampers with Christmas
'fixings", which provided for more than 4323 people. Of that number, 2659 were
adults and 1664 were children.
The agencies recorded a 6% in the number of households it served last month,
compared to December of 2012, and a 9% increase in the number of individuals.
The majority of the donations received by the Lethbridge Food
Bank, Salvation Army and Interfaith Food Bank come in during the Christmas
season. The surplus in food and funds helps meet demand through the beginning of
the New Year. However, that suprlus will be quickly depleted and the agencies
will continue recruiting donations in the months to come, in order to meet
ongoing demand throughout the year.