Christmas hamper day sees enthusiastic volunteers busy at Centennial Hall

The annual Christmas hamper drive, spearheaded by Cowichan Lake Community Services, drew a big continent of volunteers to Centennial Hall Dec. 19.

Hamper-filling day is a fun event that everyone marks on their calendars: a time to greet friends and spend a lively morning with them packing huge amounts of donated food and toys into hampers for the less fortunate.

But, long before that day, many groups, businesses, and individuals have been busy, collecting food, cash donations, and gifts for youngsters at locations all around the Cowichan Lake area.

Many of those involved have been returning for more than two decades to help with the effort, which they consider one of the best ways to celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season.



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Some of the big crowd of volunteers take a second out from their work at Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall to wave for the camera. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Carol Laforge and Nick Sohye check the dates on donated canned goods. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Dena McPhee works among the bags of donated oranges. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Volunteers divide up boxes of tea for distribution to the hampers. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Divvying up boxes of cereal is the job for these two volunteers. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Friends gather every year at this event. Sally Miles, left, and Gerrie Knott, right, put a tuque on the Gazette’s Lexi Bainas. (Gazette photo)
All the volunteers says it’s a great way to celebrate the season to come out and help at Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall with the Christmas hampers. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

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