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PEDVAC seeking names for annual Christmas Box Program

Port Elgin's Pedvac Foundation is currently accepting applications from families and individuals for their annual Christmas Box Program
Port Elgin's Pedvac Foundation is currently accepting applications from families and individuals for their annual Christmas Box Program

Service group accepting self-referrals, referrals from community agencies, groups or individuals

PORT ELGIN, N.B. – Pedvac Foundation is now accepting applications from families and individuals for their annual Christmas Box Program.

Each year, PEDVAC distributes Christmas boxes with all the ingredients for a special Christmas dinner, additional groceries for the Christmas week, toys for each child, a gift for each member of the family, knitted items and small seasonal items such as ornaments and Christmas candy.

This year, PEDVAC is accepting self referrals as well as referrals from community agencies, groups or individuals on behalf of those they feel may be in need of assistance.

Applications for Christmas boxes can be filled out at PEDVAC, 12 Church St., Port Elgin, NB, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to refer others can contact the centre at 538-7638. Applications should be received no later than Dec. 8, 2017.

Area service groups, businesses and individuals are being asked to donate towards the project. Individuals wishing to make a monetary donation of $10 or more to PEDVAC Foundation will receive an official income tax receipt. In kind donations of food, toys, knitting, etc. would also be greatly appreciated. PEDVAC is also looking for volunteers to help wrap gifts and pack boxes.

Last year 59 boxes were distributed.

“We never know how many families will require this service as the economic situation fluctuates,” stated Val MacDermid, executive director. “Any help we receive will be greatly appreciated as each year we continue to struggle to meet the needs of our community.

“As the food bank approaches its busiest time of year, the need for food donations continues at an alarming rate."

– Val MacDermid

“The need for additional electricity and heat during the winter and extensive lay-offs at area seasonal businesses contribute towards increased food bank usage.”

For those who are unable to bring food to the food bank in New Brunswick, the NB Sharing Program continues in most grocery stores. There is a $2 donation coupon near each cash register and the amount of the donation is added to your final grocery bill. The store then distributes vouchers to the food bank which uses them to purchase food processed or grown in New Brunswick. The program is great for all parties as food banks receive the food they require, donors can easily make their contribution and NB products are promoted.

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