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Salvation Army focusing on Christmas Hampers this season as clients continue to rise during second wave of COVID-19

The Salvation Army is continuing to push their Christmas Hampers as they see a rise in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Director Roy Bladen explained that when the pandemic first hit, there was a surprisingly low demand for their services because of financial aid programs the government was offering.


But they began to see a steady increase of clients in September, which skyrocketed in October as COVID-19 cases increased in the province, prompting public health officials to put Manitoba under code red restrictions.


Bladen says interviews for the Christmas Hampers are continuing to take place Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. The deadline for interviews is December 10th.


At this time, the Salvation Army will just be doing the annual Christmas Hampers, as the Christmas Kettle campaign can’t take place in Thompson under code red of the Provincial Pandemic Response System.


He adds that the Salvation Army are asking for financial donations to help meet the demand they’re seeing, and those interested in either receiving a hamper or donating can call him at 204-307-2193.


Catch Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon for the full interview with Bladen.


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