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It's never too late to donate
The Ladner Community Kitchen hosted its fourth annual Community Christmas Dinner on Monday (Dec. 10), but it's never to late to donate.
Jini Aroon is the coordinator of the Ladner Community Kitchen, and along with the South Delta Food Bank, works to make sure no one in this community goes hungry during the Christmas season, or any other time of year.
Aroon says she thankful for the community support the event has received.
"Our police chief, Jim Cessford, has been a big supporter of this annual event from the inception in December 2009," she said. "We are entirely funded by community donations which we receive during this season, and we appreciate everyone's contributions."
Dozens of Deltans partook in the dinner Monday night, and for many without close family, it was a chance to come together during the holidays.
The Christmas season can be the busiest time of year for the food bank, and donations are always needed, says Aroon. This year saw record donations from the Delta Hospital Auxiliary's Christmas luncheon, but there is always a need for more.
The local food bank serves more than 100 needy families in the South Delta area, while the Ladner Community Kitchen offers hot soup and sandwiches every Wednesday when they come in to pick up their rations.
Donations in cheque form should be made to the South Delta Food Bank, and are eligible for tax receipts. You can also donate your Save-On More points at the Ladner store to charity No. 102. All donations of nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the Ladner Christian church office from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Grocery store gift cards are also appreciated.
• The food bank is located at Ladner Christian Fellowship at 5545 Ladner Trunk Road.