Volunteers help Community Centre 55 deliver Christmas to hundreds of families in need

The parking lot at Community Centre 55 was full of food items including turkeys and hams just prior to delivery to families in need on Saturday, Dec. 22. Photo: Submitted.

Community Centre 55 wrapped up its massive Share A Christmas campaign on Saturday, Dec. 22 by delivering hampers to close a 1,000 area families in need this holiday season.

Volunteers and staff put in a huge amount of effort to get the hampers, which include fresh and non-perishable food items along with gifts and toys for families, delivered to those in need.

This was the 37th year for the Share A Christmas campaign at Community Centre 55.

Debbie Visconti, executive director of Community Centre 55, told Beach Metro News in an earlier interview that without the work and dedication of the volunteers, the campaign would not be able to help the hundreds of families that it does every Christmas.

“We would not be able to do this without the volunteers,” she said. “We have hundreds of volunteers helping and we are moving literally tens of thousands of pounds of food.”

Lots of volunteers were at the centre, at 97 Main St., all of last week working on the massive job of sorting and packing donations.

That work culminated in Saturday’s deliveries of the hampers. The morning was spent packing and sorting of perishable food items such as turkeys, hams, bread, milk and cakes, and the loading of delivery vehicles. Deliveries were then be made from 1 p.m. on.

Without those deliveries, many area families would not have been able to enjoy Christmas. Also, there is enough food in the hampers to help carry families in need through into the new year as well, making them especially important for those who receive them.

For more information on Community Centre 55 and the Share A Christmas, please visit www.centre55.com

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