The City of Courtenay is helping spread Christmas cheer through the “Sharing the Christmas Spirit” Hamper Program by providing temporary storage and workspace.

The non-profit provides Christmas hampers to approximately 400-600 families in the Comox Valley each year.

This year, Courtenay has agreed to let the organization use the Conference Hall at the Florence Filberg Centre throughout December to store and organize hampers, and as a home base for hamper distribution.

Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells said the arrangement is a good fit for both parties. 

“This year the hamper program was looking for a warehouse-type facility to accommodate physical distancing,” said Wells. 

“The City can’t typically offer space of this nature as our facilities are heavily booked throughout the year. Right now, with fewer programs and seasonal gatherings due to COVID-19, we are in a unique position where we can offer the large and secure space the hamper program needs for their operations. We’re happy we could step up to help them out this year.”

To learn more about the program, including how to sponsor a family or make a donation, visit christmashamper.ca