Bancroft is fully into the holiday season now.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of town for the Santa Claus parade on Saturday, despite heavy wind and rain. And the Bancroft town tree was lit, during a ceremony at Riverside Park later that night.
There was also a festive spirit at both major grocery stores on Saturday. OPP collected donations for North Hastings Community Cupboard at Foodland.
Food bank donations are needed as the number of registrants for this year’s Christmas hampers program is high, says Community Cupboard’s Monica Piercy.
“We’re already at 175 hampers for this year, including our homeless hampers, which are a little different,” she said, during Saturday’s Radiothon. “And we know there’s more coming in. That’s up over last year, when we served 164.”
“We’re serving a meal on Christmas day, a full turkey and ham dinner. We’re staffing the place with volunteers as much as possible, so we’re available to those who are most vulnerable, through the holiday season when everything is closed. We need to be open for them.”
You can see plenty of photos from the weekend on our Moose FM Facebook page.