The hampers included a ham, along with everything to go along with it. The hamper is meant to feed a family of four, only using a frying pan or stovetop. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Giving back to those who need it in Quesnel

The Christmas Belles gave out hampers on Dec. 20

There was a joyous feeling in the St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Quesnel on Monday, Dec. 20.

Christmas music blared through the air, and members of the Christmas Belles danced with glee as hampers were given out.

This year’s hampers include everything needed for a Christmas Dinner for a family of four, and can be cooked on a stove-top.

Susan MacNeill is one of the “Belles.”

“We do a dinner ham, along with all the accoutrements that go with a dinner,” she said.

“The need to have an oven isn’t a prevalent one… The ham was an ideal option.”

The Christmas Belles are volunteers who help bring a donor’s efforts to those in need.

“About four or five years ago we saw a need in the community, and we have a gracious donor that stepped up to the plate,” she said.

“We are a group of lady-friends that decided to help her, and we’ve been fulfilling this need for the last few years… We just feel we need to give back to the community.”

MacNeill said the group has gotten bigger and stronger through the years.

“The need has always been there, it’s just more prevalent as we foresee temperatures changing and folks without jobs because of the COVID situation, we’ve seen families actually coming forward,” she said.

“Those that can, do.”

READ MORE: Quesnel’s Christmas Belles preparing for dinner

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