Cowichan Neighbourhood House is looking for sponsors and volunteers for their annual Adopt-a-Family campaign this Christmas. (Photo submitted)

Cowichan Neighbourhood House is looking for sponsors and volunteers for their annual Adopt-a-Family campaign this Christmas. (Photo submitted)

Cowichan Neighbourhood House looking for sponsors for Christmas hamper program

Donors offered a list to help families in need

Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association in Chemainus is working hard again to fulfill the wishes of local families through it’s Adopt a Family program.

How it works is families in need submit their gift lists to the CNHA’s registry and willing donors are then offered the list to choose a family to help. The list is ever-changing as families are adopted and new families register so would-be sponsors are kept up to date via email.

It’s all anonymous. Donors can pick a family from the list by requesting the number assigned to them on the registry and once it’s confirmed, they can head out and shop for that family, or donate funds for volunteers to go shopping.

The gifts are then dropped off at 9806 Willow St. in Chemainus no later than Saturday, Dec. 16 for volunteers to box, assemble and/or arrange for distribution. Families can pick up their hampers between Dec. 18 and Dec. 21.

“Please note this year we are prioritizing children over adults,” said CNHA volunteers. “You may still give gifts for the adults if you wish, but we are asking that families only put down gift ideas for the children.”

Donations of frozen turkeys or non-perishable foods are also accepted as are funds for the purchase of items for food hampers.

“Financial donations help stretch your dollars, as we can purchase turkeys, hams, other food items, and sometimes gifts, at lower rates through supportive local businesses,” explained CNHA volunteers. “We are a registered non‐profit society and can provide tax receipts.”

Donations can also be made online at www.cnha.ca or by writing a cheque to the Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association.

And it doesn’t have to cost you money, either. You can volunteer your time. Contact the CNHA by Nov. 30 to join the team.

Last year the organization helped 119 families in Cowichan and surrounding areas.

More information can be found at http://www.cnha.ca/