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REALTORS® in Crossfield will be holding open houses with a twist this Saturday.

Aiming to help fill food hampers for veterans, several area Realtors are encouraging prospective homebuyers to bring along a non-perishable food item when they visit the town’s Parade of Open Houses this weekend.

“I heard there was a big need for food this year,” said Christine Giberson, one of the Realtors behind the event. “We wanted to do something in Crossfield, and that morphed into ‘Why don’t we do a food drive?’ ”

The event is being undertaken in support of the Veterans Helping Veterans Hamper Program, which assists those who’ve served their country by providing much-needed groceries, toiletries and other household items, along with financial assistance.

The program, which is run by veterans, normally gives out around 40 hampers a month, but with the holiday season approaching, that number is expected to climb as high as 200.

“We’re at that time of year where we just need everything,” said Marie Blackburn with the Veterans Association Food Bank. “Our food supply from handing out hampers all year long is fairly low and we need to make sure our funds are always in place so that we can continue running our programs.”

The participating open houses are:

Address Brokerage REALTOR® Phone
1110 Limit Ave Zolo Realty Christine Giberson 403-690-4290
1145 Stevens Street RE/MAX Real Estate (Mountain View) Louise Dolen 403-660-8784
1133 Stevens Street Redline Real Estate Group Inc. Lynne Redmond 403-807-7742
1753 Harrison Street RE/MAX Landan Real Estate Patricia Henderson 403-585-5571
1202 Limit Ave Quest Realty Rayel Walker 403-7104578
33 Amery Green RE/MAX ACA Realty Darrah Selanders 403 863-8344
1721 Harrison Street RE/MAX ACA Realty Dennis Paulin 403 597-6596
564 Harrison Court RE/MAX ACA Realty Kaley Tiede 403 616-6632
516 Harrison Court RE/MAX ACA Realty Don Sackett 403 650-0316
449 Sunset Link RE/MAX ACA Realty Dallas Barclay 403 612-1586
309 Sunset Heights Real Estate Professionals Inc. Crystal Simontowski 403-998-9741
1008 Shantz Place RE/MAX ACA Realty Diandra Johnson 403 660-8608

To find out how to donate to Veterans Helping Veterans, visit veteransassociationfoodbank.ca.

For more information about the Crossfield Parade of Open Houses, contact Christine Giberson (403-690-4290 or yycrealtorchristine@gmail.com).