Posted on Dec 17, 2022
Over 600 families in apartments of multiple storey buildings or those in the basements of single family homes throughout Delta received a Christmas hand up to celebrate the festive season with two boxes of food each delivered on December 17, 2022 through the Deltassist annual Christmas Hampers program.
 
Returning after a two-year pandemic haitus -- when food gift cards were distributed instead of food -- the 30+-year-old Christmas Hampers program once again benefitted from the generosity of Delta residents through food drives at schools and community organizations then the pick up, organization and distribution of over 1,500 boxes of food by various community agencies, including the Rotary Club of Ladner. Mike Storey delivers one of two boxes of food to the door of a Delta resident as Jim Burnett looks on.
 
The Christmas food hampers contained a variety of food types, including root vegetables, canned goods, macaroni and cheese, cranberries, cookies, candy canes, breakfast cereals, tinned ham and chicken, juice, peanut butter, rice, pasta sauce, and hot chocolate and bread.
 
Ladner Rotary also donated $1,500 to support the program, joining other other community service organizations, companies and individuals.
 
Since 1972 Deltassist Family and Community Services Society has served as a non-profit organization dedicated to the well being of the people of Delta, through counselling and community-building in the form of workshops, events, senior support, outreach programs, and information services.
 
Deltassist and its multi-agency team of volunteers organize distribution at a warehouse in East Delta, one of seven locations for Paridon Farms. Paridon is a family-owned and operated 3rd generation farm that started in the early 1950’s growing turkeys and over the years has expanded into a multi-operation company, diversifying into broiler chickens and laying hens in the Lower Fraser Valley. 
 
Ladner Rotarian Jim Burnett has been volunteering for the Christmas Hamper program for the past 20 years, picking up donated food at various locations then distributing it in boxes with others. Other Rotarians and friends distributing hampers on December 17th were Dawn and Beau Brennen, Arthur Birk, Ulf Ottho, Mike Storey plus his son-in-law Lloyd Barnabe with granddaughter and grandson and Peter Roaf.