LETHBRIDGE: A tradition to mark the start of the holiday season in the city Monday, with the lighting of the Christmas tree at city hall. The event also marks the start of a donation drive at city hall for the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen and the Salvation Army.
"It has gone up. Last year we gave out just under 1200 toy bags, but this year we're planning to hand out 1500. So that's a steady increase in our community," said Debbie Bakker , the family services coordinator for the Salvation Army.
They're looking for toys and items for infants up to 17-year-olds, including diapers, lego, gift certificates, clothing. For teenagers, they're asking for a $30 gift certificate. As for the soup kitchen, spokespeople say their number of monthly users, about 2,000 people, is up slightly. That group is looking for non-perishables and cash donations. Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 4/19/2014 4:42:44 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News: ta-da! Mayor Raijko Dodic (left) lights the tree at city hall Monday