Christmas Hamper Program
The Christmas Hamper program is a FCSS independently offered program from the food bank hamper program.
The Christmas voucher program is designed to help low income individuals and families for the holidays. The holidays can put stress on families and this program helps to make sure everyone can have a wonderful and magical Christmas with plenty of food on the table and gifts under the tree.
This program is ran annually on the generous donations of friends, families and residents of the Smoky River Region.
Anyone can a monetary donation at any of the participating businesses in the area. These businesses will have a receptacle on their counter. Any donations are directly channeled to the program to purchase vouchers at local grocery stores, so families can purchase their own Christmas dinner and other food supplies.
Gifts for the children. Head down to the Red Apple Store in Falher and find out how you can participate in their toy drive fundraiser for the children.
If a person wishes to donate to the Christmas voucher program, they can contact Crystal at the Smoky River FCSS office at 780-837-2220.
The Christmas voucher program will start November 13, 2018 and last day for submissions will be December 10th. We will not take late applications. Applications can be picked up at the Town of McLennan, Village of Girouxville, Town of Falher, Smoky River FCSS, or Village of Donnelly offices and needs to be returned to any of the offices before the closing date.
The people can then pick up their voucher and gifts for children under the age of 18 on December 17 at the town of Falher office and December 18 at the town of McLennan office.
The person applying for the voucher needs to bring a photo ID for themselves and Alberta health care cards for the kids, when applying and picking up the voucher. They will not be able to apply with out a photo ID, as they will need it at the grocery store to redeem their voucher.
They will be able to redeem their voucher at either the Falher Co-Op, Falher IGA, or the Big Way in McLennan, and they need to spend all of the money in one shopping, as there will not be change given. The voucher can not be used for tobacco/cannabis or other tobacco products, alcohol, gift cards, or lottery.