The Christmas Baskets program quickly settled into its distribution location at 11 Spalding Drive following a last minute search for a home this season. With the final date to register approaching fast, Brantford Food Bank staff and volunteers are in full swing preparing items for distribution.
Ed Doucet at Remax, along with Brantford’s Economic Development department were instrumental in securing the last minute location with Rompsen Investment Corporation.
Executive Director of the Food Bank, Heather Vanner, says they’ve operated the program from that location in the past, so they knew it would work well. “We made sure we had registration going,” Vanner says. “We started that over at the Food Bank to make sure that people who needed the program understood that regardless of where we ended up we were going to have a program.”
“As registrations are coming in, we set up appointments for individuals to come in and shop for their kids or children they’re taking care of to make sure everyone enjoys Christmas this season,” Vanner explains.
To date, 1200 families from Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations have registered. Registration for the program will continue to take place at the Brantford Food Bank at 1100 Clarence Street until 4PM this Friday, December 13th.
The program is still in need of food, toys and monetary donations. Items can be dropped off at 11 Spalding Drive right up to their delivery day on Friday December 20th.
The goal of the Christmas Baskets Program is to ensure every child in need has a toy on Christmas day, and families have a holiday meal.