The St. Albert Kinettes got'er done. This year's Christmas Hamper campaign was a far sight different than it has ever been, thanks to the current pandemic. The service club made a huge push to drive donations of gift cards instead of physical gifts in order to help prevent the spread and to accommodate a necessary diminution of its volunteer force. Citizens responded and the deliveries went out last weekend.
"We couldn't have done it without this amazing community," wrote the Kinettes' director of marketing Tracy Nadiger, in an email to the Gazette."From volunteers to delivery drivers, from local businesses to schools, the agencies we worked with and the kids that saved and donated, we are blessed to be able to serve this community and humbled by your generosity. Every little bit helped to make a difference for those who really needed it this year and for that we are thankful!!"
A hardy contingent of 10 individuals was up until 2 a.m. last Friday night getting the hampers ready, returning at 8 a.m. on Saturday to start doing their rounds. All tolled, they delivered 193 hampers. It's that extra effort that makes each fibre of this social fabric as sturdy as a mountain climbing rope.
"We are exhausted but it’s the best kind of exhaustion knowing that we helped make a difference."
Well done, all.