Edmonton charities proceed to wish donations to help Christmas campaigns as demand will increase

As the days of Christmas are counted, several local charities are rushing for help on the final holiday season – and many are still a long way from reaching fundraising goals.

The Edmonton Salvation Army says it is still $ 400,000 short of its targets this year, partly due to the fact that one of their Christmas cauldrons was stolen.

“There are still some ways we can tackle this final stretch between now and December 24th when we pull our kettles in,” said Jamie Locke, Alberta Salvation Army and NWT division spokesman.

“I’m sorry that people who donated that day know that the money they gave to support the work of the Salvation Army was stolen from us,” added Locke.

More than 1,200 gift baskets were delivered from the Edmonton Christmas Office this week, in addition to 8,000 grocery gift cards for families and more than 4,700 gift cards for teenagers.

“We’re still looking for donations over Christmas and into the New Year,” Adam Zawadiuk, Christmas Bureau of Edmonton Executive Director, told CTV News.

Zawadiuk said the nonprofit was only halfway through its goal of $ 1.3 million for the office’s food program and $ 300.00 for the Adoption-a-Teen initiative.

The Edmonton Food Bank is also halfway to raising 250,000 kilograms of food and $ 2 million.

Spokesman Tamisan Bencz-Knight says donations to the blackboard support more than 300 groups in the community, including the Hope Mission, the Bissell Center and Boyle Street Community Services.

“So when you support (means) the Edmonton Food Bank, you are also expanding the reach of the whole network, the food network here in Edmonton,” added Bencz-Knight.

Demand for all three organizations has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our numbers have definitely increased compared to last year, and we expected that,” said Zawadiuk. “We know 2021 was another tough year.”

“In some ways it’s scary, but in other ways we’re glad we could be here,” said Locke. “We know that we are in a privileged position. We know that we are able to help people.”

Each organization is confident that Edmontonians will continue to support them during this Christmas season.

“It’s interesting. It’s almost like people are waiting,” said Bencz-Knight. “They want us to sweat out a bit before we get the last bit.”

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