Caledon’s Santa Fund needs help in January too

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Caledon Enterprise
By Matthew Strader

The warehouse season is over for Caledon Community Services’ Santa Fund, but the fundraising crew wants the community to know they are still gathering donations for an effort that will contribute to programming throughout the year.

Annually, the fundraising staff at Caledon Community Services (CCS) run the Santa Fund to reach a donation goal to support a year of programming as well as distribute toys and food that are collected in a warehouse location until approximately a week before Christmas. When the physical collection of those toys and food are done, packages are distributed from the warehouse to Caledon families in need.

But even though Jolly Old St. Nick has finished his work this winter, the Santa Fund has not finished its, and CCS staff are asking the community to continue stepping up.

“We’re out of the warehouse now, as we use it for distribution of toys and food,” said Robert Simeon, fundraising and communications member at CCS. “We’re now moving on and focusing on reaching our fundraising goal.”

The warehouse was provided this year by Solmar Development Corp., which donated a location at 21 Parr Boulevard.

Simeon said there was an inkling that the new Food Exchange may somehow be incorporated in this year’s fund “Solmar is constructing the exchange for the group” but also said the location usually used, the President’s Building of the Albion Bolton Agricultural Society was not available this year, and CCS needed another corporate citizen to step up with a site.

“We needed something else for the time we were handing out donations,” he explained. “Next year, we will be at the Exchange.”

The fundraising goal for this year’s effort was $180,000 and to date, CCS is approximately $53,060 away from that summit. Now that they are finished with handing out food and toys from the donated warehouse, it’s closing the financial gap that they continue to ask for help with.

“The money we raise will support year round programs such as counselling, goal setting, nutrition, education assistance, medical necessities and help with heat,” Simeon said. “In the past, the Caledon community has come together to help us reach our Santa Fund goal. Failure is not an option when we have over 200 families including up to 300 children to support. We know that through the support of businesses and individuals, we can help all those who are in need this year.”

Donations can be made online at ccs4u.org, or by dropping by the CCS offices at 18 King, or contacting Nicole Dumanski at 905-951-2300.

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