Smoky River FCSS campaign begins to help less fortunate

Richard Froese
South Peace News

People in need will again be supported by the Smoky River Christmas Voucher Program.

Smoky River Family and Community Support Services [FCSS] is leading the program in the Falher and McLennan areas.

“The voucher program assists those in need to provide a better Christmas for them and their families,” says FCSS director Crystal Tremblay, who co-ordinates the program.

Low-income individuals and families can apply for the program.

“Applicants must prove their need to be selected and provide us with their incomes and expenses,” says Tremblay.

“We handed out 74 vouchers and a total of 202 people benefiting from the program last year.”

Only one Christmas voucher will be given per household.

FCSS offers a voucher of $75 for a single, $100 for a family of two, $150 for a family of three, $200 for a family of four or five and $300 for a family of six or more.

Children under 16 receive donated gifts.

Vouchers are designated for Falher IGA and Falher Co-op.

Recipients can use the vouchers to buy anything except alcohol, tobacco, gift cards or lottery tickets. Vouchers must be spent all at once, because there is no cash value for the voucher that must be used by Dec 31.

Applications can be submitted from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.

Forms will be available from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10 at the Smoky River FCSS office in Falher and main offices of the Town of Falher, the Town of McLennan, the Village of Donnelly and the Village of Girouxville.

Monetary donations for the program can be given to the Town of Falher.

Donations are currently being accepted.

“We have the funds for this year, but we need the donations to come in to keep the program going in future years,” Tremblay says.

FCSS requires between $10,000 and $11,000 for the program each year.

For more information on the program or to donate, phone Smoky River FCSS at [780] 837-2220.

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