FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Salvation Army Christmas dinner will be happening Thursday evening for those who access the emergency shelter or live in transitional housing.

According to Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of the Salvation Army, the dinner will only be for those residents and not community members. They’ve also cancelled any volunteer participation from the community this year due to COVID-19 and the restrictions.

Eggie also says that the Christmas hampers have been delivered to families who have requested them. This year, 220 families received a Christmas hamper with a full Christmas meal and a grocery store gift card.

Along with the Christmas meal hampers, 183 toy hampers were delivered to children in the area. The toy hampers include toys that were donated during the Home Hardware Toy Drive.

Eggie says the toys that remained will be added to the birthday program the Salvation Army started and that there should be enough toys to last all of 2021.