A community initiative gave the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank a big boost for the holidays.

The food bank's Christmas Hamper and Toy Campaign ran from Nov.12 - Dec.1 at the North Central Food Store in Fort Saskatchewan. 

On Nov.29 and Dec.1, the food bank teamed up with MIX 107 and Co-op for Community Christmas, marking their campaign's end. Over the two days, the community raised $1,196.86 and donated 900 Good Buy to Hunger bags, worth nearly $9,000.

"We are really happy with the support that the community is showing us this year. I think a lot of people understand that our community is struggling, and they want to support their friends and neighbours and coworkers," said food bank executive director Kassandra Gartner. "We are just so thankful for our community, coming out and funding us."

A total of $27,775 was collected during the entire campaign. The money will be put towards to food bank's Christmas Hampers, which support struggling families around the holidays by providing holiday meals and toys for children. 

The last day to apply for a Christmas Hamper is Friday (Dec.10) at 2 p.m. Hamper Delivery Day is Dec.18.