GBF kicks off Christmas Hamper Program

(L to R) Stacy Elia, Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) executive director; Bruce Bond, GBF Christmas Hamper Program coordinator; Jamie Stevens, GBF president; Grimsby firefighters Jeff Dancer and Jim Bergshoeff were on hand to kick off the program.

The Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) needs community support to help make Christmas special for all those in need.

The GBF recently kicked off the annual Christmas Hamper Program. Registration for the program is already underway, with over 65 families signed up and many  more to come.

Last year, the GBF helped a total of 220 families through the hamper program and GBF Executive Director Stacy Elia expects that number to rise this year as more and more families find themselves struggling around the holidays.

Although the GBF helps many families, Elia says there are many more families in need who are too proud to ask for help.

“I hope that all those who need help will let us help them,” she said.

The Grimsby Firefighters’ Association will be out collecting your bags full of donations at the Grimsby Santa Clause Parade on Dec. 7. Donation bags will be distributed in the Dec. 5 edition of NewsNow.

“We’re excited to have partnered with the firefighters again… We couldn’t do this without them,” Ella said.

The Christmas hampers include everything needed for a Christmas dinner and holiday treats. Every client, young and old, also receives a gift. The Giant Tiger Angel Tree will be set up with  Christmas wishes from our local `angels’. You can select an angel to help this holiday season.

Hampers will be delivered to clients on Dec. 21. Volunteers are needed to help sort on Thurs-day, Dec. 19 at Trinity United Church in Grimsby beginning at 6:30 p.m., and for packing on Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Drivers and clean up volunteers are needed on Dec. 21.

If you would like to donate, but are unable to attend the parade, you can drop off your donation anytime before Dec. 18 at the GBF. Drop off bins are available throughout the community.

GBF is located at 40 Elm Street Grimsby.

News Now – Nov 14, 2013