Christmas is fast approaching, but there is still time for individuals and businesses alike to make the season brighter for those in need by donating to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund.
Local plumbing and heating supply company Andrew Sheret Ltd. did just that recently, donating $20,000 to the fund, just as it did last year.
“As a long-standing, local business in Victoria, we feel it is important to give back to the community that has supported us,” said Julie Findlay, director of the plumbing and heating supply company. “By supporting those in need and other efforts in the community, we believe that it makes for a stronger, more viable city.”
She noted that the company, established in 1892, focuses on supporting charities without significant administrative costs and overhead.
Money raised for the Christmas Fund is put to work throughout the community. Recipients this year include the Salvation Army, Mustard Seed Street Church, Our Place, the Victoria Women’s Transition House, Nourish Cowichan and the 1 UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre.
“The Findlay family is helping everyone in the community with this donation to the Christmas Fund. Their donation is an example of how we can help each other get through these difficult times,” said Dave Obee, editor and publisher of the Times Colonist. “The money will be put to good use, and will help to ensure that this season is a bit better for those in need.”
During the Christmas season last year, donations went to 20 organizations in Greater Victoria, the Gulf Islands and as far north as Campbell River.
The Times Colonist Christmas Fund dates back to 1956. It was first known as the 500 Fund because the goal was to raise money for 500 of the neediest families in the region. The name was changed to the 1000 Fund in 1980 and the Christmas Fund in 2000.
HOW TO DONATE
• You can donate by going to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund fundraising page at timescolonist.com/donate. The site is open 24 hours a day and provides an immediate tax receipt.
• Or mail a cheque to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund, 201‑655 Tyee Road, Victoria, B.C. V9A 6X5.
• You can also use your credit card by phoning 250-995-4438 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.