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Colborne Legion filling Christmas hampers

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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COLBORNE -- The Community Services Committee of the Colborne Legion is preparing to get the annual Christmas Hamper program underway.

A press release issued by the branch notes that this program was begun about 40 years ago by Second World War veteran Vourneen Jack (known to all as Buff Jack). It has run continuously since then.

"The committee is more the co-ordinator of the local effort, as local groups and churches provide support through donations and volunteering," the announcement said.

Colborne Branch 187 is one of the hubs for hampers in Northumberland County, working with the Salvation Army in Cobourg on this endeavour. The hubs work together to reduce duplication of efforts throughout the county, resulting in better use of resources to serve those most in need.

Throughout November, the Legion will receive sign-ups for hampers on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Any low-income family in Cramahe Township may sign-up -- and please bring along proof of address, identification and proof of income.

During the sign-ups, volunteers will also complete wish lists to ensure that children under the age of 18 are included in the Giving Tree program at Northumberland Mall. Families with children should sign up for a hamper as soon as possible, to ensure their kids are included in the program and have gifts purchased for them.

The hampers will be assembled and distributed during the week leading up to Christmas. Anyone wishing more information about the hamper program may contact the community services committee chair Patti May at 905-355-2680 or