Many less fortunate families in the Cornwall area had food and toys for the festive season thanks to the Children’s Christmas Fund.
This fund is sponsored by the Service Clubs Council of Cornwall and District.
According to preliminary figures, more than a thousand families received help.
“We do feel that the economy has improved,” said Terry Muir, who is chairing this project with Peter Morgan. “We have seen an increase over this time last year.”
Muir said they do their best to help as many needy families as they can.
“The response from the community has been on par with other years.”
Muir said people and organizations can still donate money by going to their web site at www.childrenschristmasfund.ca
“This site allows people to donate on line.”
Muir said they hope to raise more than $40,000 to help more than 1,000 families.
Since inception, the Children’s Christmas Fund has raised more than $1,000,000 to help needy families and their children.
According to latest figures, the fund has assisted nearly 30,000 families over the years.
The precise figures on how many families were helped in 2012 will be available before spring.
The fund is sponsored by the service clubs in Cornwall and the immediate area.
Peter Morgan, who has been involved with this charity for years, said money has been flowing into the fund.
“We have many generous people and organizations in our community.”
Food worth more than $40,000 was purchased last year.
The difference in money raised and the value of food distributed is made up by surplus from previous years.
The council is made up of around 15 service clubs in Cornwall and the immediate area.
More than 50 per cent of the objective is already in the bank.
The bulk of the money comes from service clubs.
The fund will keep the books open until the end of March.
A number of service clubs members were also involved in distributing the food baskets.
The Kiwanis Club of Cornwall started distributing food to needy families in 1928.
As years progressed, many other clubs joined in distribution of food baskets.
The Children’s Christmas Fund was established in 1948.
In recent years, the Children’s Christmas Fund has joined hands with the Agape Centre to formulate a common list for distribution of food vouchers and food baskets.
This was done to avoid duplication.
Also some families were selling the food vouchers and sometimes using the vouchers for non food products.
Since 1993, the Children’s Christmas Fund and the Agape Centre have been involved in distributing food and toys to needy families.
“Distribution of food remains a priority for service club members,” said Morgan.
Apart from the Children’s Christmas Fund, the service club council also sponsors and organizes the popular Santa Claus Parade.