For you last-minute donors, some “stocking stuffers” to help Fort McMurray local charities.
Last week there were two unsettling news stories about Fort McMurray. The demand for Christmas hampers, toys for children, and turkeys for families has risen 20%, yet donations to Salvation Army Fort McMurray and Santas Anonymous are down. Fort McMurray is going through a tough recovery following the fire of 2016: low oil prices, people leaving town for good, job cuts, and house foreclosures reaching record levels.
It’s a little shortfall in the whole scheme of things - $8,000 at Salvation Army, $24,000 at Santas Anonymous. Giving Christmas hampers isn’t high impact, it doesn’t save lives. Yet it does bring a little cheer to those in need at Christmas time.
You, me, and all Charity Intelligence friends and followers, we can all chip in to help those having a hard Christmas in Fort McMurray. We need to give today – Santa’s hampers leave in airplanes to deliver the food on Friday, December 22.
To donate to Santas Anonymous online
Salvation Army Fort McMurray
To donate online to Salvation Army Fort McMurray please note, you need to specify to Alberta - Fort McMurray Corps.
As Charity Intelligence followers, you will also want facts!
Santas Anonymous isn’t “big” on numbers so there are few figures to crunch. Its Santa campaign is run by students at Father Mercredi High School in Fort McMurray. Following up on the news report, we
Salvation Army Fort McMurray is a medium-sized charity. Most of its $8 million in annual funding
Posted December 21,
Salvation Army and Santas Anonymous co-ordinate their hamper programs so there isn’t duplication.
News articles: MyMcMurray reports “Miracle Marathon for Santas Anonymous falls short of fundraising goal by $50,000”,
CBC News reports “Fort McMurray charities see