Times Colonist

Fund grow­ing at amaz­ing clip, al­ready sur­pass­ing 2019 to­tal

Please help those in need. Do­nate at times­colonist.com/ do­nate

- DAVE OBEE Edi­tor and Pub­lisher dobee@times­colonist.com Charity · Society · Findlay, OH · Vancouver · Vancouver Island · Salvation Army · Mustard

Your Times Colonist Christ­mas Fund con­tin­ues to grow at an amaz­ing pace, with two $20,000 dona­tions from two lo­cal com­pa­nies help­ing to push the to­tal to $352,700.

That’s more than the fund brought in dur­ing the 2019 cam­paign, and is a re­flec­tion of the great need in the com­mu­nity this year.

Two days ago, Eric Find­lay, the pres­i­dent of An­drew Sheret Ltd., said the com­pany would do­nate $20,000 if an­other com­pany or in­di­vid­ual will do­nate at least that much. The chal­lenge was met on Fri­day morn­ing, thanks to Wally Price of Price’s Lock and Safe, which has six lo­ca­tions on Van­cou­ver Is­land.

“We’ve done re­mark­ably well this year,” Wally told me. “We’ve been very for­tu­nate, and lucky that we were able to keep our peo­ple busy after we were de­clared an es­sen­tial ser­vice.”

It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that the two com­pa­nies have some­thing else in com­mon, be­sides their strong com­mit­ment to help­ing those who have suf­fered be­cause of the pan­demic.

Find­lay and Price both run lo­cally owned fam­ily busi­nesses, and both have deep roots here. An­drew Sheret Ltd. was started in 1892, and Price’s Lock and Safe was founded in 1895.

Lo­cal and long-term, and eager to help the com­mu­nity. It’s not a co­in­ci­dence.

Match chal­lenges do not have to in­volve big num­bers. Ev­ery do­na­tion counts.

We still have an open one. Kristina Valentino says her fam­ily mem­bers will do­nate $50 each for a to­tal of $350 if an­other fam­ily will do­nate their Se­cret Santa money as well. Please in­di­cate “Se­cret Santa” with your do­na­tion so we can keep track.

And An­drew Beck­er­man, who has al­ready of­fered sev­eral match chal­lenges, is back with an­other one. If four peo­ple give $500 or more, An­drew will do­nate an­other $500. Th­ese dona­tions should say “Beck­er­man”.

We have al­ready given money to the Sal­va­tion Army and the Mus­tard Seed Street Church, and will an­nounce other re­cip­i­ents early next week.

Your money is be­ing put to work. Your money is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

To give, go to times­colonist. com/do­nate. That will take you to the Canada Helps web­site, which is open 24 hours a day and pro­vides an im­me­di­ate tax re­ceipt.

Or mail a cheque, payable to the Times Colonist Christ­mas Fund So­ci­ety, to the Times Colonist Christ­mas Fund, 201-655 Tyee Road, Vic­to­ria V9A 6X5.

Or use your credit card by phon­ing 250-995-4438 be­tween 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day. Out­side those hours, mes­sages will be ac­cepted.

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