$51,000 donated to the Christmas Fund: Thanks for a great start, but there's a long way to go

Times Colonist readers are coming through for the ­community at large, donating to the Christmas Fund so we can continue to offer a helping hand to those who need one.

Another $9,000 was donated Sunday, taking the total past $51,000 in the first four days of the drive. That is a great start, but we have a long way to go before we can match the $350,000 given last year.

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“I am 66 now,” one donor said. “When I was a boy of four, my family was given help at Christmas.”

The fund has been helping those in need since 1956, when it was launched by the Daily Colonist as the 500 Fund. Through the years, with your help, the fund has raised money to help the less fortunate in our coverage area.

We are giving to the Salvation Army as well as the ­Mustard Seed Street Church, and both organizations are ­putting that money to work in the community. The more we raise this year, the more organizations we will be able to help.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused distress throughout our community, and many people need help. Your donations will make life easier for them.

The easiest way to give is to go to ­ timescolonist.com/donate. That will take you to the Canada Helps website, which is open 24 hours a day and provides an immediate tax receipt.

Or you could mail a cheque, payable to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund Society, to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund, 201-655 Tyee Road, Victoria, B.C. V9A 6X5.

Thank you.

Dave Obee

Editor and Publisher

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