For this year's hamper program, the Airdrie 1st Club has officially opened the doors of their new drop-off location.

Towerlane Centre has donated a space (Where the Spirit of Halloween was) for the next month where Christmas hampers will be put together and Airdronians can drop off donations.

To drop off some donations, the new drop-off location is located downtown Airdrie within Towerlane Centre, the address is #310, 505 Main Street. They are open from Tuesday-Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

The Airdrie 1st Club provided Christmas hampers for Airdronians who are in a tough spot and are unable to afford Christmas presents and food. So far this year, the club has seen a 75 per cent increase in Airdronians requesting a hamper.

Airdrie firstPhoto of Councillor Darell Belyk showing off some of the toys they have received with members of the club.

Jo-El Buerlen, the President of Airdrie 1st is very excited to have this space available for the month they need it.

"We have an amazing group of volunteers that come with a lot of heart, a lot of love, and a lot of dedication. They're extremely passionate about their community and helping those in need."

This year's hampers will include multiple different items, some of which are toys and gift cards. Some food items include milk, bread, butter, carrots, potatoes, and possibly some baked goods. They are looking for these items to be donated as well.

In 2022, the Airdrie 1st hamper program distributed 370 hampers. This year, they are preparing to hand out 400-450 hampers.

To ramp up donations and awareness, the fifth annual Sirens Charity Hockey Game will once again be happening on Sunday, December 2 - with entry by donation to the hamper program. 

To make a financial donation, learn more about the Airdrie 1st Club or apply for a hamper, click HERE.

The Mayor and all Councillors were in attendance for the grand opening.

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