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EDITORIAL: It’s the season of giving back

A single toy can go a long way in making a child in need’s Christmas season just a little brighter.

For that child, the toy might be the

only gift he or she receives this year. For the family, having a little something to give to their children when money is tight can relieve some of the pressure they face at this time of year.

That’s why the volunteers behind the Saanich Peninsula Secret Santas are collecting, wrapping and distributing toys to families in need once again this year.

And they need your help.

The amount of donated toys is down so far this year and they are planning a big day of activities to help bring in more toys. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Toys for Tots will hold breakfast and dinner events at the Mary Winspear Centre. For the price of a donated toy for a child of any age, folk will be treated to a drive-through breakfast in the morning and appies and drinks in the evening at a business mixer (see page 1 for the story and more information).

Volunteers hope to be wrapping presents by the end of next week.

Organizations like the Secret Santas, Sidney Lions Food Bank and other volunteer groups that help people in need, rely on the generosity of regular people — folks who are in a position to give a little throughout the year. Without this selfless giving, some people face a bleak holiday season.

While the focus of the help takes place this month, any little bit is sure to make a difference and the hope is that people are willing to donate at various times of the year, as the need doesn’t end on Christmas day.

If you can help, please do so through the many venues, programs and charities active on the Saanich Peninsula.

After all, it is the season of giving.

 

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