Hampers mostly ready, help needed with deliveries

With one week left before delivery day, Coast Realty Group's Christmas hamper program has fewer than 12 hampers to fill.

With one week left before delivery day, Coast Realty Group’s Christmas hamper program is left with less than a dozen hampers to fill for families in need.Representative Annette Bowden said they hope to fill 580 hampers in total this year.The program, which is into its 21st year, helps families with hampers filled with about $150 worth of food and gifts. Individuals, families, businesses and schools sponsor a family and get a list of food items to fill the hamper.Last year, more than 600 families signed up for a hamper.On Dec. 21, Coast Realty is asking for volunteers to help deliver the hampers to the families. To help, the organization is asking people to show up at the warehouse in the Comox Centre Mall beginning at 8:30 a.m.There is also a need for drivers to distribute the hampers around the Comox Valley. To help in sorting or distribution, drop by the mall next Wednesday.For more information on volunteering, call Coast Realty Group’s hamper hotline at 250-897-3999.photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com