Goals of Abbotsford charities yet to be reached

The Christmas Bureau, Salvation Army and Cyrus Centre in Abbotsford still need help to hit their holiday campaign objectives.

Laura Balzer of the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau arranges toys that will be distributed to kids in need.

Laura Balzer of the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau arranges toys that will be distributed to kids in need.

The three main charities that fundraise in Abbotsford over the Christmas season have yet to reach their goals for the year, but staff are optimistic the community will come through.

Both the Salvation Army and the Abbotsford Community Services’ Food Bank/Christmas are on par with where they were last year at this time.

As of Monday, the Salvation Army had raised about $220,000 of its $500,000 goal, while the Christmas Bureau had collected approximately $304,000 of its $700,000 goal.

Cyrus Centre for youth was about halfway to its $100,000 target.

All the funds are used for programs and services operating year-round.

The three charities expect the funds to rise significantly by the end of the week, as tallies come in from various community supporters and the Christmas spirit sets in among the public.

Christmas Bureau director Dave Murray said much of their funds are still being counted from donations collected at area schools and handed in at the end of last week.

He said the number of people relying on the agency for support – including food hampers and gifts – this year appears to have increased, although final numbers aren’t yet in.

“Normally at this time of year, we’re starting to relax, but this week we’re going full-tilt.”

Deb Lowell of the Salvation Army said although donations are about even with last year at this time, she is somewhat concerned.

“We have to make up a bit, because of the increased demand on things we do … but we are very appreciative … I know there are a lot of people struggling this year.”

Most of the Sally Ann’s donations are collected through its red kettles set up at 13 locations in Abbotsford and Mission, but they are also mailed in and taken online.

Cyrus Centre director Les Talvio said he is hopeful the community will help the agency raise another $50,000 to reach its goal to maintain its services for at-risk homeless youth and their families.

This includes a concert tonight (Thursday) featuring the Sweeney Singers at Bakerview Church, 2285 Clearbrook Rd., starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to Cyrus Centre.

He said this kind of support is invaluable to the organization.

“Thank you, Abbotsford, for being there for us,” he said.

For more information or to make a donation to the Christmas Bureau, call 604-859-5749, visit abbotsfordchristmasbureau.org or email christmasbureau@telus.net.

Donations to the Salvation Army can be made by phone (604-852-9305), online (careandshare.ca) or in person at either the Centre of Hope (34081 Gladys Ave.) or Cascade Community Church (35190 DeLair Rd.).

For Cyrus Centre, call 604-859-5773 or visit cyruscentre.com.

Just Posted

Xauni de Figeuiroa of Abbotsford has been selected to attend a virtual space camp hosted by the Canadian Space Agency at the end of July.
Abbotsford student selected to attend virtual space camp

Xauni de Figeuiroa among 52 youth selected from across Canada

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

A program of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation enables patients to thank their health-care workers.
Fraser Valley program enables patients to say thanks to their health-care workers

Philip Harris Grateful Patient Program offered through health care foundation

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Webinar looks at sexual abuse prevention among adolescents

Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA hosts free online session on June 15

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read