Community Christmas Care prepared and delivered hampers to people and families in need on Dec. 15.
The annual initiative helps people in Squamish who have fallen on tough economic times so they may still have food, clothes and toys to share over the holidays.
Rev. Karen Millard said that this year there are a total of about 390 hampers going to people in Squamish. They have been able to help out everyone, from single people to families of eight.
Additionally, Millard said that the Battle of the Businesses raised about $77,000 for the initiative, and with more donations from the public, they've received about $100,000 in total.
Millard noted that the generosity was especially important this year, given that food is more expensive than in other years.
"What I want to say is how much we appreciate the community for being so generous because all of what we give is costing more this year," she said while volunteers loaded up cars with hampers all around her.
"This is a real community effort. Tons of volunteers, tons of donations. We can't do it without our community," she said. "We like to say one of our tag lines is community caring for community. And that's exactly what we experienced."
For more information about Community Christmas Care, visit CommunityChristmasCare.com.