Touch of Christmas 2016 needs your help

Time to start assisting appreciative families in South Cariboo

By Debbra Williams

The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre’s (CFEC) annual Touch of Christmas campaign has symbolized our community’s willingness to support local families who need extra help during the holiday season.

Families celebrate and enjoy the holidays through the distribution of Christmas Baskets filled with fresh food, grocery cards, gift cards, seasonal treats and toys.

Every request for a Christmas Basket is treated with compassion, respect and confidentiality. Our goal is to help families enjoy the holiday season and for every child up to18 years to receive a gift on Christmas morning.

The Touch of Christmas campaign relies entirely on financial and in-kind donations by individuals, community groups and local businesses.

Last year, through your generous support, CFEC was able to provide Christmas Baskets to more than 60 families. This year, we hope to raise $6,000 to continue supporting our community through this campaign.

It is easy to make a monetary donation in any denomination to the Touch of Christmas campaign online, by phone, or in person at CFEC at 486 Birch Ave. in 100 Mile House.

Tax receipts will be issued for all cash donations over $25.

Please make all cheques payable to the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre and direct them to the Touch of Christmas campaign.

Families can apply for a Touch of Christmas Basket by completing an application form at CFEC. Applications will be accepted from Nov. 14 to Dec. 9.

The Christmas Baskets will be available for distribution beginning Dec. 15.

The CFEC has supported families and community members in the South Cariboo through counselling, support, and education for more than 25 years.

For more information about the Touch of Christmas campaign, contact the writer or Tammy Mikkelsen at 250-395-5155, or visit our website at www.cariboofamliy.org.