of our largest fundraising campaigns of the holiday season. We hope people will read the stories and be inspired to support the campaign."
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two weeks. The weekend's Stuff the Bus fundraiser was the most successful yet. The phone is now ringing and cash pledges are pouring in.
new year," said Executive Director Lenetta Parry.
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"It's tough economic times. Everyone knows that, but people are digging deep even those who are our contributors," said Managing Editor Jon Manchester. "The need is greater that ever and we hope we hit our target by month's end."
Cash donations to the food bank in October and November were $50,000 below the same period in 2012, a short term trend that worried staff because the December campaign is crucial.
"It feels awesome," she said. "My daughter just had a baby and her boyfriend lost his job a couple of months ago. I've been supporting both of them.
Last year's campaign collected $115,000. Philanthropist Thomas Budd will match all donations at 25 cents on the dollar.
The Kelowna Community Food Bank expects to hand out 1,200 hampers over three days this week to families and single people who may not otherwise get to chow down on turkey or exchange gifts. For Brenda August, who has two grown kids living at home, the generosity takes a burden off her shoulders.
Proceeds help the food bank and Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs through January and early February, when donations usually drop to zero as demand spikes. They help purchase the contents of each turkey hamper, which includes stuffing, Brussels sprouts, milk, eggs, soup and canned vegetables.
The economy is apparently recovering, said David Purdon, the food bank's associate executive director. Yet families
"Life is expensive," he said. "It's pretty hard to pay rent and feed a family on minimum wage."
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Similarly, the Daily Courier's Be an Angel campaign has stumbled a little at the starting line. The newspaper's effort to raise money for the food bank and the Okanagan Boys and Girls clubs now
Food donations from private and small businesses also dropped this year, possibly because people contributed to victims of the typhoon in the Philippines last month.
continue to struggle to put food on the table.
exceeds $40,000. The sum is below last year's level at this time, but seems to be gaining momentum.
Parry encouraged readers to contribute to Be an Angel and keep the spirit alive into the new year.
People Omega Watches For Men Old lined up outside the door to pick up the family hampers on Tuesday. Fifty volunteers helped out, demonstrating Kelowna's community spirit is alive and well.
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