COVID will certainly change how many families celebrate the holidays, this year. That makes it important to focus on those bright lights that are left for us to appreciate.
One of them, for Princeton, is the Crisis Assistance Society and its ongoing management of the hamper campaign.
For 2020 the annual first responder food drive is necessarily cancelled. There are no places to drop off toys for children because there can be no safe physical delivery of food and gifts.
Combine that with the fact there is likely to be more families requiring help, due to the economic pains of the pandemic, and on the surface it looks like something out of a National Lampoon movie without all the laughs.
Still, Crisis Assistance plans to help every family struggling this season, by way of gift cards.
The society is purchasing grocery and department store cards, and mailing them to approved applicants.
There are some unexpected positives surrounding this COVID decision.
Hamper recipients will get choices. They can purchase their own Christmas dinner groceries and presents for their children.
Maybe someone doesn’t like turkey, and would prefer a rib roast or a vegetarian lasagna for their holiday meal, or something without gluten.
No one knows better than a parent what a child might want or need to find under the tree Christmas morning. The gift card program offers those moms and dads the joy of shopping for their kids, something so many take for granted.
It’s kind of beautiful, in a COVID way.
For many years Crisis Assistance volunteers have made a Merry Christmas possible for more than 100 Princeton families each season.
They will do it again. But they need help from all the people who ordinarily donate in the traditional fashion, with non-perishable food stuffs and toys.
They need cash.
If you are used to contributing cans of beans and boxes of Kraft Dinner, donate the monetary equivalent. If you normally buy Barbie dolls and Tonka trucks, take the money you would have spent and give it directly to Crisis Assistance.
It will feel different, but everything does nowadays.
Donations can be e-transferred to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use donation as the security answer.
Cheques can be mailed to Princeton Crisis Assistance PO Box 1229.
You can also donate at Valley First. Simply ask to deposit funds directly to the Princeton Crisis Assistance bank account. (That’s different than the food bank account, so be clear.)
Let’s give the society a very, very GREEN Christmas.
– The Similkameen Spotlight