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Coordinator of the SOS Christmas campaign Renee Caulder stands in an empty donation toy box by her desk. - Lissa Alexander photo
Coordinator of the SOS Christmas campaign Renee Caulder stands in an empty donation toy box by her desk.
— image credit: Lissa Alexander photo

The SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas campaign needs some last-minute help from the public this year to meet the needs of local families.

“We have a bit of a dearth on books and teen gifts and certainly we’re running behind on money,” said Renate Sutherland, SOS executive director.

The campaign is about $15,000 behind where they were last year at this time, and only about halfway to their goal of $110,000.

This year they have even more families, seniors and individuals in need who are hopeful they will receive food gift certificates and presents for their children.

Donations are needed as soon as possible as the campaign ends at the end of the day on Dec. 21, although donations are also appreciated between Christmas and New Year’s as well.

Coordinator of the Christmas campaign Renee Caulder reiterated the SOS’ desperate need of gifts for teens (preferably gift certificates) and said the program helps give an enjoyable holiday to those in our district.

“Every donation goes to the community — (those who donate) are supporting their neighbours, friends and children of District 69.”

Toy donations fill the SOS toy shop, where families can go to get free presents for their children. Drop off new, unwrapped toys or cash donations to the SOS offices at 245 West Hirst Ave. in Parksville from 8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. or monetary donations can also be taken over the phone by calling 250-248-2093. Those in need this Christmas can also drop by the office for assistance.

 

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