The power was out, there was lots of snow on the ground and more was falling, but nothing stopped Cowichan Lakers from turning out in force to help fill Christmas hampers on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Cowichan Lake Community Services has been organizing the annual campaign for years and the day at Centennial Hall spent filling boxes with food for less fortunate families is a favourite holiday event for many Lake folks.
An assembly line of carriers brought food in from trucks. Big tables were lined up, clearly marked, and the operation of organizing everything ran like clockwork, as many of the volunteers have been coming out to help with the hampers for a long time.
Toys were collected and organized on the stage.
Handing out the hampers took place on Day 2 of the annual campaign, and families were also able to pick up items from the free table to make their holiday a bit brighter.