Smoky River FCSS receives 201 applications for Christmas Voucher Program

Viterra helped with a food drive for the local food bank, collecting over 70 pounds of food. Pictured above, left-right, are Viterra employees Franklin Padua and Steven Bevill; Smoky River FCSS Director Crystal Marschner; and Viterra employee Victoria McCormick. Says Crystal Marschner about the public’s support, “The outpouring of donations really makes this program work. Without that, this program couldn’t run.”

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

Smoky River Family and Community Support Services is grateful for all of the support it has received for its Christmas Voucher Program, and the need is there, as the organization has 201 requests for assistance this holiday season.

“The outpouring of donations really makes this program work,” says Director Crystal Marschner. “Without that, this program couldn’t run.”

Smoky River FCSS started accepting applications on November 13 and finished on December 13. All kinds of donations will make the holiday merrier for many individuals and families in need.

The Red Apple in Falher held a toy drive and provided a donation of $790 as well, which Marschner used to purchase Christmas gifts for children.

The area’s grocery retailers – Falher IGA, Lakeview Foods and New Horizon Co-op – held food drives for Smoky River FCSS. Also, Viterra held a food drive and presented everything to the local bank on December 14.

The Santa Boxes set out at stores around the area is another source of money that Smoky River FCSS will be able to utilize. However, cash donations will be accepted until December 21.

For more information, please call their office at (780) 837-2221.

Above, clients of the Falher Friendship Corner Association who donated items to the Smoky River FCSS’ Christmas Voucher Program. Sitting in front is Victor Tanguay and standing at left is Maxine Romanchuk. In the middle row, left-right, are Jackson Gour, Lucie Gagnon, Teressa Blais, Roger Mackell and Emilie Girard. In the back, left-right, are Nancy Carter and Smoky River FCSS Director Crystal Marschner. See the stories about the Falher IGA and New Horizon Co-op food drive programs


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