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Fund's aid saves the season for woman and her mom

For years, Pat Patterson received forms allowing her to apply for the Times Colonist Christmas Fund. "But I was usually able to get by and never wanted to do that," explained the 56-year-old, who lives on social assistance.

Christmas Fund: Family grateful for help

Four-year-old Carlos Caicedo loves Christmas, Canada and Spider-Man. Carlos was born in Victoria to parents who came here from Bogotá, Colombia, four years ago with next to nothing, knowing barely a word of English.

Where giving is a tradition

Year after year, the same people -- often seniors -- come into Barclay's Fine Custom Jewellers on Oak Bay Avenue to donate to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund.

Musical pair pay back good fortune in song

Thursday gig at Irish Times Pub to benefit Times Colonist fund

Fund's donors: from bridge ladies to kids

The Times Colonist Christmas Fund depends on donations large and small to make the season brighter for so many in need -- more than 2,300 households last year.

Christmas Fund: 'If this help wasn't there, we wouldn't have Christmas'

Jennifer Myra and her four young children will likely spend Christmas Day in the bachelor apartment they rent in a Gorge Road motel, with holiday cheer provided by donors to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund.

Surprising Santas help out

Here's what the Garth Homer Society's clients, people with developmental disabilities, have been up to lately: playing Santa for needy families, funding a Christmas party at Kiwanis House, buying booties for a lame horse and supplying disabled Africa

Chateau Victoria raises $5,230 for Christmas Fund

Pancakes and syrup with the Man in Red will go a long way to making Christmas sweeter this year for Times Colonist Christmas Fund recipients.

Holiday tradition draws 400 to sold-out pancake breakfast

Every kid knows Santa brings the presents. But at Chateau Victoria, Santa and his Missus also bring out the pancakes. Today, at Chateau Victoria's Vista 18 restaurant, Mr. and Mrs.

Recipient thanks donors to annual Christmas Fund

There is little to spare in Kecia Larkin's household.