Local charities still struggling to meet holiday goals
Published Wednesday, December 23, 2009 5:34PM MST
Many local charities are now finding that Edmontonians are donating less and less, especially during the holiday season when many families are in need of some extra help.
"We offer them the opportunity to get last minute help to ensure that they get a meal for Christmas, and toys for their kids," said Wendy Batty with the Edmonton Christmas Bureau.
Batty says she's seeing more moms looking for help this year than ever before. And the Christmas Bureau is also looking for some assistance, it's currently $350,000 short of the $1.6-million dollar fundraising goal.
"What the impact will be next year... we'll have to reduce our level of gifting," said Batty.
But not it's not only the Christmas Bureau desperate for donations this time of the year, the Mustard Seed still needs $655,000 in funds, but continues to stay hopeful.
"We're looking forward to generous Edmontonians making a difference for the poor and the inner city," said Sam Breakey with the Mustard Seed.
For the Mustard Seed, donations account for 96 per cent of the money coming in. The charity works to clothe, feed and support thousands of people in need.
And for Jennifer Baldwin, a mother of two boys, there is a sense of relief that she can count on the Christmas Bureau to help during the holidays.
"Doing all this for people that they don't even know is amazing...it's a great feeling," said Baldwin.
The Edmonton Food Bank, the Salvation Army, and Meals-On-Wheels, are also still looking for donations from generous Edmontonians.
With files from Dez Melenka