Friday, December 19, 2014

Napi Builds hampers to fulfill Christmas requests

Justin One Owl and Nathan Provost filling hampers
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Napi Friendship Association (NFA) had volunteers filling hampers for close to 200 hamper requests on Thursday, December 18, doing their best to make sure that every family in our communities could have a merry Christmas. "We had an extremely generous donation from the food bank," explained Napi Executive Director Dianna Gray. NFA was distributing hampers to those that had made requests through the Napi membership, Brighter Futures, Piikani Children and Family Services, and Piikani elders. "We have had amazing volunteers" Gray said. As well as packing hampers, volunteers picked donations and supplies, and did deliveries. Gray said that even though the office will be closed over the holidays someone will be checking the phone (403-627-4224) in case of emergency hampers.

 The staff said that they were happy that all Piikani elders that had asked for a hamper would have it delivered right to their home.

Jim Litkowski, Mathan Provost, Dianna Gray, Patsy English,
Jane Goddard, Glenda Rose Pard
A few of the people helping included staff and volunteers. Elder Program Coordinator Glenda Rose Pard, Home Visitation Services Jane Goddard, previous Piikani Councillor Patsy English, Carmen Provost, Justin One Owl, and Jim Litkowski were a few that were helping. Additional names that were mentioned included Celeste, and Irene. As the clock was ticking there was a generous donation by Michelle Stauffer of turkeys for some of the hampers.  "We could not do this without great support from the community," expressed Gray, who said that businesses, other organizations and individuals all played a part to make sure that everyone had a bit of Christmas over the holidays.

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