Charity’s woes mirror society’s

The fact the Mustard Seed Street Church, which operates Greater Victoria’s largest food bank, recently took out a second mortgage on a piece of its property just to help pay the bills, is an indication that the financial balance may be as out of whack as the Occupy Victoria crowd says it is.

It’s a sign of the times.

The fact the Mustard Seed Street Church, which operates Greater Victoria’s largest food bank, recently took out a second mortgage on a piece of its property just to help pay the bills, is an indication that the financial balance may be as out of whack as the Occupy Victoria crowd says it is.

The food bank division of the church is holding its own from a food donation perspective.

But as food bank director Brent Palmer stated, you can’t fuel trucks with turnips. If the Mustard Seed doesn’t have enough money to pay its operating expenses, there won’t be a food bank left to provide the basic food necessities for those working families struggling to make ends meet.

We’re getting close to the time when an increasing number of charities – all well-deserving – will be soliciting for donations. Such a scenario makes the Mustard Seed’s situation that much more difficult.

Rather than imploring individuals to dig deeper to help out this cash-strapped charity, why not take an page out of Occupy’s book and ask profitable companies to help, out of compassion.

There are many great corporate citizens operating in the Capital Region that make donations on a regular basis, some of which do so with little fanfare.

Our hope is that companies continuing to thrive in recessionary times, such as the big banks, or a corporate entity looking at expansion plans, shift the focus from increasing  its profitability for a moment and consider helping a critically needed charity make it through this rough financial period.

The Mustard Seed receives no government grants, surviving almost solely on the generosity of donors, so taxpayers are not paying twice to help them operate.

Helping feed people in our communities will no doubt provide payback for any successful company that chooses to step up to the plate in this situation.

Just Posted

Esquimalt-based HMCS Regina makes third drug bust in two weeks

Ship seized hashish and heroin in Indian Ocean

Temporary CCTV cameras added around downtown Victoria

Cameras go up Saturday for big Sunday events

Gardeners can stock up for spring at Saanich’s Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Spring Plant Sale runs April 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

James Bay street corner could house public berry patch

The James Bay Neighborhood Association is hoping to offer berries locals

Busy day for passengers on BC Ferries

First two sailings from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay full Thursday morning

WATCH: Cougar saunters through Metchosin yard

Spring cougar sighting caught on camera

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

Two in critical condition, several still in hospital after Langley deck collapse

Close relative Satwant Garcha makes daily trips to visit those injured at the wedding

Allegedly intoxicated man arrested after 3 paramedics attacked at Kamloops hospital

Paramedics had transported the man to Royal Inlands Hospital for medical treatment

Canadian privacy watchdogs find major shortcomings in Facebook probe

The probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal info

B.C., Ottawa talk 50/50 split on abandoned bus-route service

B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

Most Read