Donations are still coming in to help fill the Christmas hampers in Ste. Anne.

Armande Leclair is the food bank manager and she’s thankful for the many community members who take it upon themselves to collect toys each Christmas.

Food, cash and toys were collected Friday evening.

“We don’t officially organize a toy drive for the Christmas hampers but some other organizations do and they give us the toys,” says Leclair. “Or, they have toys and they just give them to us. You know, people are generous.”

Approximately 120 Christmas hampers are being packed this week and will be distributed on Saturday.

Leclair says they received mostly monetary donations last year because that was the easier way for people to contribute.

While there are more toys and food donations this year, Leclair says they continue to get generous monetary support.

There was a collection Friday evening at the arena where the public was invited to come for a skate with Mick E. Moose.

Leclair says she was contacted recently by the local minor hockey organization and was told that they were able to get the Winnipeg Jets mascot to visit the community as part of a fundraiser for the Christmas hampers.

She says that's only one example of the many ways people in the area take care of organizing events that bring in donations.

Another such event was held yesterday as donations were collected Ste. Anne's first ever Santa Claus parade.

“We have super support from the community,” Leclair says.

The Ste. Anne Food Bank, Accueil Kateri Centre, serves people living in the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne and in the town of Ste. Anne.