VIDEO: Cowichan Lake turns out to help fill hampers

Sarah DeBodt, left, and Amanda Sawatzky organize the toys on the stage at Centennial Hall. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Rod and Bill Peters are just two of the enthusiastic volunteers carrying in food for the hampers. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
There’s just so much to organize but they’ve done it before and everything goes smoothly. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Part of the work involves portioning out items like mandarin oranges into handy bags for hamper filling. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Part of the work involves portioning out items like mandarin oranges into handy bags for hamper filling. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Trucks bring canned goods up to the door where volunteers carry them into Centennial Hall. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The amount of food the volunteers have to portion out is quite large, but sharing the task makes it go quickly. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Parts of the hall are fairly dark, due to lack of power on Tuesday, Dec. 19, so these volunteers use flashlights to check the dates on donated food items before packing Christmas hampers for those in need. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

The power was out, there was lots of snow on the ground and more was falling, but nothing stopped Cowichan Lakers from turning out in force to help fill Christmas hampers on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Cowichan Lake Community Services has been organizing the annual campaign for years and the day at Centennial Hall spent filling boxes with food for less fortunate families is a favourite holiday event for many Lake folks.

An assembly line of carriers brought food in from trucks. Big tables were lined up, clearly marked, and the operation of organizing everything ran like clockwork, as many of the volunteers have been coming out to help with the hampers for a long time.

Toys were collected and organized on the stage.

Handing out the hampers took place on Day 2 of the annual campaign, and families were also able to pick up items from the free table to make their holiday a bit brighter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor has expressed concerns about the excessive freighters parked in the Salish Sea for quite some time. (Photo submitted)
MacGregor introduces bill to address problem freighter anchorages

Concerns about the environment, noise, pollution and safety abundant

The Cowichan Fury’s Conor Williams steals the ball from a JDF Kings player during Saturday’s Div. 3 match at the Sherman Road turf. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Fury play to another tie on the road

Tolfo and Smith each score two for Div. 3 team

Halloween will be different this year but the CVRD and volunteers are working hard to make it special. (CVRD photo)
Youbou Halloween festivities a go, but digitally

Swing by the Hall to add to your haul

The Cowichan Bulldogs’ Ben Wilson runs the 40-yard dash during the Vancouver Island football combine at McAdam Park on Oct. 24. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Island football players meet in Cowichan for combine

48 players test their skills in bid for provincial programs

FILE – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the province during a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, October 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. shatters COVID-19 records with 817 weekend cases; masks now expected indoors

Three people have died over the past three reporting periods

RCMP have released more details regarding what led up to an arrest caught on video in Williams Lake Sunday, Oct. 26. (Facebook video screenshot)
Review launched after ‘high-risk, multi-jurisdictional’ chase, arrest in Williams Lake

RCMP launching a full review and code of conduct investigation

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Pxfuel)
B.C. limits events in private homes to household, plus ‘safe six’ amid COVID-19 surge

Henry issued a public health order limiting private gatherings to one household, plus a group of ‘safe six’ only

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson speaks during a drive-in car rally campaign stop at a tour bus operator, in Delta, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Andrew Wilkinson stepping down as B.C. Liberal leader

Will stay on until the next party leader is chosen

Campbell River's new hospital, July 2018
Nurse diverts opiates and falsifies records at Campbell River Hospital

Nurse facing disciplinary action for moving opiates out of the hospital

VicPD and B.C. Conservation Officer Service teamed up to free two bucks who were entangled in a fishing net and dragging a wheelbarrow sized piece of driftwood behind them. (VicPD)
VIDEO: Police, B.C. Conservation help two bucks caught in one fishing net

Bucks were also dragging a wheelbarrow sized piece of driftwood behind them

Most Read