FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is donating $2,000 to local charities for their Christmas hamper programs.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s Annual ‘Toys for Tickets’ campaign was not possible as, in the spring, the City stopped enforcing parking meter violations to encourage shop local initiatives during the pandemic.

Instead of collecting donations from parking tickets, $1,500 will donated to the Fort St. John Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper program and $500 to the Peace Senior Connect and Care Society’s Senior Hamper program.

Mayor Lori Ackerman says she is appreciative of all the work that these two charities do to ensure no one goes without during the holidays.

“Each year, the Salvation Army and Peace Senior Connect and Care Society create hundreds of Christmas hampers for residents in our community to ensure no one goes without this holiday season. We thank them for their continued work to support our city’s most vulnerable residents.”

Both the Salvation Army and Peace Senior Connect and Care Society say they are very thankful for the City’s continued support, even during this difficult year.

“The Toys for Tickets program has been a wonderful addition to our annual toy drive, and this year, we are pleased that the City has been able to adapt and still donate. Christmas doesn’t stop for children even in a pandemic, so we’re thankful for the continued support of our hamper program,” said Cameron Eggie, Fort St. John Salvation Army Executive Director. “Thank you, City of Fort St. John!”

“This year, we had 300 senior hamper recipients, and we are grateful for the support that allows us to provide necessary items to our seniors,” said Vanessa Siemens-Ford, Peace Senior Connect and Care Society President.