Thanks to a surge in donations on the days before Christmas, this year’s campaign to raise money for the Times Colonist Christmas Fund has reached $728,369.
We’re working toward a goal of $1 million, and there is still a chance we will make it. We traditionally continue to collect donations into the first week in January, and last week’s bad weather has delayed mailed cheques.
The money we collect goes to a variety of organizations that help to feed and support people in need at Christmas, and through the coldest months of the year. The more money that you give, the more people we can help. Food is a high priority for us this year, given the sharp increases in costs in recent months.
Today’s total is an increase of $22,214 from Saturday’s number, and is based on the money that has come through our online portal, which stayed open while our office was closed for the holiday.
Friday and Saturday were busy days for that online donation site, which is run by the Canada Helps organization on our behalf.
There were 70 donations on Friday and 75 on Saturday. Donations slowed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with 24 donations.
Over the weekend, donations ranged from $5 to $2,000. Every little bit helps.
Remember that the need is still high, so if you have not given a donation yet, please consider doing so.
How can you give to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund?
• Donate online. Go to timescolonist.com/donate, which is open 24 hours a day and provides an immediate tax receipt.
• Donate by mail. Send a cheque to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund, 201-655 Tyee Road, Victoria, B.C. V9A 6X5.
• Donate by phone. Use your credit card by phoning 250-995-4438 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. (If you call outside those hours, leave a message and we will get back to you.)
This is a tough winter for many of your neighbours. Your donation will make a difference.
Dave Obee is editor and publisher of the Times Colonist.