Christmas hamper totals dropped for 2012

A sign more people are relocating?

The number of recipients for Christmas hampers and Angel Tree gifts declined for Christmas 2012.

But that doesn't mean the local economy has picked up.

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"It appears donations are down and the number of registrations (for hampers) is down, too," co-ordinator Corinne MacDonald told the New last week. "More than anything, I think the drop in the number of hampers has to do with people leaving Lillooet and relocating to jobs elsewhere."

She said the Christmas hamper program distributed 120 hampers this year, compared to 2011's total of 162.

MacDonald said Angel Tree gifts are collected and distributed to every child in family registering for a hamper.

"What surprised me was the number of single people who registered for a hamper at Christmas," she added. "I think there is a tendency not to 'see' them as much as we see families with children."

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