Christmas Amalgamated short on donations and volunteers

By Jill Sperling
November 23, 2016 - 12:06pm Updated: November 23, 2016 - 5:38pm

KAMLOOPS — A local non-profit that has provided Christmas gifts and hampers to families in need for 40 years is struggling for donations and volunteers this year.

Christmas Amalgamated opened its doors to those who can't afford Christmas gifts shortly after Remembrance Day, but the charitable organization has seen fewer donations this year, and there is higher demand. 

Coordinator Sally Whitson says volunteers are also in short supply. 

"The volunteers are very sparse this year," Whitson said. "I'm finding that a lot of my volunteers are aging out. There's a lot of them that have volunteered for years and years and they're no longer able to volunteer. It would be nice to see some of the young people volunteering again."

Every year Christmas Amalgamated puts their leftover toys into storage to be used the next year. This year the organization only has a third of the start base they normally do. 

With the holidays quickly approaching there are a number of things that are greatly needed.

"Our cash is really down. I'm going to have to buy a huge amount of groceries," Whitson said. "Soon the groceries will start, but for now the toys is the major concern, toys for all ages with a little bit of an emphasis on the teenagers and new born baby toys."

People can get involved with Christmas Amalgamated by calling 250-376-0777 or dropping in at 7-750 Fortune Dr.

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