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The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Miramichi (Newcastle) is once again getting ready for their Christmas assistance programs. Thanks to donations through their Christmas Hamper program and Kettle Campaign, they are able to provide food and toys to families in need from Sunny Corner & Millerton through to Lower Newcastle

Preparing a traditional Christmas dinner with all the fixin’s is often an unaffordable luxury for many families. The Christmas Hamper program supplies these families with a box of food including a turkey, potatoes, peas & carrots, a bag of fruit, cranberry sauce, dressing, bread, milk and other suggested items. A toy is also supplied for each child.

Last year, 140 families received Christmas Hampers from the Newcastle office with many more being delivered from churches from Nelson down to Chatham. Distribution of hampers is on Dec. 21 & 22.

Christmas Hampers are funded by donations received from the Christmas Kettle program, and from individuals and businesses that sponsor a family.

How you can help:
1) Sponsor a family. Contact the thrift store and indicate the size of family you want to sponsor (2 children, 4 children, etc). You’ll receive a list of recommended items to purchase for the Christmas Hamper, and you purchase toys for the children, or you can donate the cash equivalent instead of buying the items yourself.

2) Volunteer to “Sit on a Kettle” anytime from Nov 28th to Dec 23rd.

To sponsor a family, volunteer your time, or make a cash or other donation contact the Salvation Army Thrift Store at (506)622-7826.

To learn more about the Salvation Army in general visit: www.salvationarmy.ca

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