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Coins for Kids campaign wraps up

The coins are counted, and once again Greater Victoria residents have shown their generosity to those in need.

The Black Press-Greater Victoria Coins for Kids campaign raised $951.80 during the 2013 holiday season, with all proceeds benefitting the Salvation Army Stan Hagen Centre for Families.

"This year we helped 1,500 families and individuals with Christmas food hampers and over 500 families with toys for their children," said Kyla Ferns, Salvation Army spokesperson.

"We would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who donated to the Coins for Kids campaign. Every donation made will help us change lives in the community."

The Stan Hagen Centre for Families is a deserving recipient of this year's campaign contributions, said Kevin Laird, Black Press-Greater Victoria editorial director.

"Every day, hundreds of families in the Capital Region quietly struggle to make ends meet," Laird said. "Stan Hagen Centre for Families connects local residents with financial, legal and emotional support throughout the year. We're happy to support their good work."

The Saanich peninsula also held a Coins for Kids drive to benefit peninsula-based organizations.

Coins for Kids (formerly Pennies for Presents) has raised more than $600,000 since its inception 17 years ago.

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