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Christmas Fund army to greet council

By Don Fennell

Published 3:19 PST, Mon January 25, 2021

The Richmond Christmas Fund army will appear before city council tonight with at least some positive news: a summary of its fundraising work.

During a challenging year exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the group’s annual efforts to help brighten the lives of those less fortunate during the Christmas holidays further exemplified the heart Richmond is renowned for.

Led by, among others, co-chair Wayne Duzita and Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives—the army was still able to help 2,866 of our neighbours in need through the Richmond Christmas Fund. That total included 849 children, 319 youth, and 347 seniors.

And during a time where social distancing has become necessary, the program was able to proceed safely while public health protocols were adhered to every step of the way. Some of the changes also led to new efficiencies, which will remain in place going forward.

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