This weekend the 104.5 More Country crew will be at Canadian Tire for the third annual Christmas Hampers Days collecting donations for the Strathmore and Wheatland County Christmas Hamper Society! 

The team will be on-site in the Canadian Tire parking lot from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. The team will be joined by PJ's Diner who will be on hand with goodies and their famous pies available for purchase by donation. Also, Service Force Towing will have its heavy rescue vehicle on site to explore. 


Every donation helps and with every donation, you will receive an entry into the 104.5 More Country draw for a chance to win a pair of Country Thunder tickets! 

Strathmore and Wheatland Country Christmas Hamper Society Chair Marilyn Galvin said last year was a busy year and they are expecting to see more requests this year, "On the first day we already have 19 applications compared to last year when we just received 8." 

For those in need, Galvin said that they can contact 403-934-2266 and they will be asked a few questions to determine if they qualify for a food and/or toy hamper this year. 

With more people in need this year, Galvin and the team are preparing for increased requests, "Last year we handed out 279 food hampers and 323 toy hampers, we are estimating this year about 328 hampers." 

The campaign was launched earlier this month with donation boxes being placed around the community.

"Posted on our website, there's going to be a list of all the places where there's bins or boxes for collections, but otherwise there are the major stores." 

That includes all of the major grocery stores, the Town Municipal Building, and many other smaller businesses throughout the community. In addition, Canadian Tire will again be accepting donations at the tills until the middle of December.

This weekend is also the kick-off to the holidays in Strathmore as the Spirit of Christmas weekend gets underway on Friday night!  

This year there is something for everyone with Christmas caroling, tree lightings, swimming, skating, dodgeball, free Christmas movie screenings at Joyland Theatre, and of course the Santa Claus Parade and the opening of the Celebration of Lights complete with Santa and Fireworks!

Find more details for all of these events on the Strathmore Now Community Events Calendar here.

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