Gazette publisher Sandy Grenier

Gazette publisher Sandy Grenier

Fund tops 2013 goal

Hamper Fund tops its goal of $30,000 in the final weeks of 2013.

PORT HARDY—The Gazette Hamper Fund closed out its 34th annual Christmas hamper campaign in December by delivering 556 hampers of food and toys to needy families throughout the North Island.

With the help of food, toy and funding drives and events by individuals, service clubs, businesses and other organizations on the North Island, the Gazette Hamper Fund also reached its goal of $30,000 in the final weekend of the annual campaign.

Rod Inglis of Port Hardy’s Return-it Centre delivered a Hamper Fund cheque last week for $2,428.75, which brought the annual total raised to $31,486.55.

Inglis offered his thanks to the many residents who donated their bottles and cans to the Hamper Fund, along with a special thank you to Barney Hill for his additional contribution.

The Gazette Hamper Fund is made possible by the food, toys and money contributed by residents of and visitors to the North Island. The money is spent with local businesses, and hampers are assembled and distributed by local volunteers to provide a wholesome holiday meal and gifts to those who most need a helping hand at the holidays.