Princeton first responders are collecting food door-to-door tonight for Christmas hampers

Emergency services volunteers will be collecting donations of non-perishable food, door-to-door, Wednesday December 4. - Spotlight file photo

Santa’s helpers are busy this week, getting ready for the annual Christmas hamper campaign.

Approximately 110 baskets of food and gifts for children are delivered each year to Princeton families, according to volunteer Heather King.

The deadline for hamper applications is December 5, and recipients must have a working phone number. Applications can be filled out at the Crisis Assistance Thrift Store on Vermilion Avenue, next to the library.

The annual emergency services food drive will be held Wednesday December 4. Volunteers will be going door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items. Anyone who wishes to donate but will not be home is asked to leave bags clearly marked at the front door.

“Cash donations are always appreciated to top up needed items after all donations have been collected,” said King.

There are numerous locations where children’s toys can be donated.

King said, as always, there is a great need for gifts for older children and teenagers.

“The Christmas hampers are made possible every year by our dedicated group of volunteers but more importantly by the generosity of the community,” she said. “This would not be possible without all of you.”

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