Cheer Board hits the home stretch

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WINNIPEG - EVAN MATTHEWS/FOR METRO

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.”

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