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Army Reservists Helping Deliver Christmas Cheer Board Hampers

December 14, 2018 7:42 AM | News

Kai Madsen - Christmas Cheer Board

Christmas Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen speaks with ChrisD.ca during an interview on November 29, 2018. (FILE)

Winnipeg army reservists are lending a hand on Saturday to help the Christmas Cheer Board deliver some of the thousands of hampers the charity needs to unload this holiday season.

Exercise Parcel Push will consist of reservists and army cadets loading up military vehicles to deliver approximately 500 Christmas hampers.

Soldiers and cadets from McGregor Armoury help out every year to carry on an annual tradition that began in 1984. Soldiers from the Fort Garry Horse, along with army cadets, will deliver hampers to less fortunate families mainly throughout Winnipeg’s north end between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Christmas Cheer Board has seen a drop in cash donations this year and needs to raise $850,000 to pay for the items filling approximately 17,000 hampers the organization will prepare.

Cash donations can be made in-person at the Cheer Board’s new warehouse at 947 St. James Street or online.