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The people who run the PIT Stop program at Kamloops United Church want to prepare gift bags to hand out at their annual Christmas dinner, but they are still missing some items.
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The people who run the PIT Stop program at Kamloops United Church want to prepare gift bags to hand out at their annual Christmas dinner, but they are still missing some items.

Program co-ordinator Diane Stuart said they are hoping the public will drop off gloves, mittens, washcloths, socks, underwear, disposable razors, small bottles of shampoo, lip balm, hand towels, pocket tissues, long johns, combs, brushes, bars of soap and small boxes of chocolates.

Only new items are being accepted to help fill the 170 bags the program will hand out.

In the past, Stuart said, dinner attendance has been split — about three-quarters male, one-quarter female, with about a dozen children.

The clothing-size mix has been about 30 per cent small, about half medium and about 20 per cent large, with some extra-large.

Stuart said money will also be accepted to buy items and cash donations will receive a tax receipt.

Items can be dropped off at the church, at St. Paul Street and Fourth Avenue in downtown Kamloops, by Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Volunteers are also needed to help decorate the church gym on Sunday, Dec. 15, in preparation for the dinner.