Gateway of Hope’s Andrea Voss expects to fill 350 Christmas food hampers for the homeless, seniors and couples without children. Web image

Langley’s Gateway of Hope expects to fill 350 Xmas hampers

Salvation Army looking for donations of non-perishable food items

Gateway of Hope is gearing up to make sure everyone is taken care of at Christmas.

Andrea Voss, Gateway of Hope’s family services co-ordinator, said registration is now open for Christmas hampers. That also means they are hoping the community will come through again with donations of non-perishable food items.

“We are expecting to make around 350 hampers this year,” said Voss. “So far, registration is up from last year and we just started last week.”

People who are eligible for a food box are singles and couples without children, seniors, homeless people, those who are couch surfing and adult children still living with their parents, she said. People can register at the Gateway shelter on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Requirements include a piece of ID and verification of residency in Langley or Aldergrove.

But she said a lack of ID won’t be a barrier to getting a hamper.

Voss encourages those who come to register to also have a meal that day at Gateway.

The type of non-perishable foods they are looking for are pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, jam, pastas, instant oatmeal, cereals, baked beans, canned soups, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese and cookies, too.

Monetary donations can be dropped of at the Gateway of Hope or mailed to the shelter with a comment indicating it is for Christmas hampers.

People are welcome to drop off food or cash anytime at the Gateway of Hope, located at 5787 Langley Bypass or call 604-514-7375.

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