Cheer Board hits the home stretch
As Christmas quickly approaches, the Christmas Cheer Board is working hard at finishing up hamper deliveries.
“They’re all gone for the most part,” said Kai Madsen, the board’s executive director. “We’re just cleaning up the odd straggler here and there.”
The Cheer Board will help roughly 18,000 families this year, Madsen said. The cost of packing the hampers is extremely high, estimated at $900,000. He said about a quarter of yearly donations come in to the Cheer Board during the last week of the year, but donations have been slower this year.
“We buy the turkeys and the toys, because we don’t always have the quantity we need for each age group,” said Madsen. “We’ve made sure we have what we need for the hampers. Getting donations is absolutely priority now.”
The Cheer Board hasn’t missed its financial goals since its inception, and they feel confident they will hit the mark again this year, Madsen said.
“We never want to take anything for granted, but we have a cliché blanket statement,” said Madsen. “If you donated last year, whether through your bank, or by cheque, we just ask you do it again this year. Make it a Christmas tradition.”