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Christmas Angels raises second largest haul in 40th year


WINDSOR – Although they didn’t reach their $40,000 goal, at least not yet, organizers of Christmas Angels say they’re still extremely proud of what they accomplished during this year’s telethon.

Sandra Salter, coordinator of Christmas Angels, said she’s extremely happy and that most donors tend to give above and beyond their pledges.

“Our goal last year was $30,000 and we raised $40,000, so this is our second best year,” Salter said. “I don’t think any of us are disappointed right now after all of our hard work. I’m very proud.”

Salter said she expects the amount raised will support the same number of families, approximately 550.

The final tally was $38,390, however more donations could come in through the website.

“By the time everything is said and done, I still think we’ll hit our $40,000,” she said. “Hants County has been so generous to us in the past.”

Donations are still being accepted through www.christmasangels.ca and several banks in the local area until the week before Christmas.

“We’re extremely grateful to everybody in Hants County for donating their money today,” she said. “We’re a small community, and to raise this much money, it’s an honour to be a part of it.”

Sandra Salter, coordinator of Christmas Angels, said she’s extremely happy and that most donors tend to give above and beyond their pledges.

“Our goal last year was $30,000 and we raised $40,000, so this is our second best year,” Salter said. “I don’t think any of us are disappointed right now after all of our hard work. I’m very proud.”

Salter said she expects the amount raised will support the same number of families, approximately 550.

The final tally was $38,390, however more donations could come in through the website.

“By the time everything is said and done, I still think we’ll hit our $40,000,” she said. “Hants County has been so generous to us in the past.”

Donations are still being accepted through www.christmasangels.ca and several banks in the local area until the week before Christmas.

“We’re extremely grateful to everybody in Hants County for donating their money today,” she said. “We’re a small community, and to raise this much money, it’s an honour to be a part of it.”

Windsor and Hantsport volunteer fire fighters wave at the crowd on their way to the Christmas Angels telethon.

Fire Fighters give big

The Brooklyn Fire Department marched from their fire station all the way to Windsor, collecting donations along the way.

They raised a whopping $3,407.90, their largest yet, fire chief Andy McDade said.

Zoe Miller, 19, wore full bunker gear during the walk, including a breathing apparatus, adding 70-plus pounds.

“It was definitely challenging, but it was worth it,” Miller said after reaching the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre. “Just coming around the corner and seeing the community centre was the best feeling.”

Miller has been training at the Nova Scotia Fire Fighters School, which she says has helped her prepare, at least a bit, for this event.

Brooklyn Fire Chief Andy McDade said he’s been participating in the walk since joining the department in 1999.

“It’s what we are, it’s what we do,” McDade said. “It’s a community effort and we do everything we can to make the community better.”

Windsor and Hantsport volunteer fire fighters held a similar march to Christmas Angels, raising $2,675.75.

Christmas Angels 40th year

Christmas Angels supports families in need across Hants County, providing basic needs like blankets, clothing and more.

Sandra Salter said some people gasp when they hear what families are asking for.

“If you look through our list of demands, although there are toys, it’s really things like sheets and towels people are asking for,” Salter said. “We’re trying to match all of those requests with a sponsor.”

550 children in Hants County were supported during last year’s Christmas Angels.

Money comes in through donations via phone, during the telethon, which is broadcast over Eastlink TV and K-Rock Radio and via the internet at christmasangels.ca

A ticket auction also takes place, where people can bid on donated items, with proceeds going to the charity.

“There’s never a moment of hesitation for people to help, they just say, ‘of course,’” she said.

Windsor Mayor Anna Allen returned to the anchor table for the first time in eight years.

“This is critical, we want everyone in our broad community to have a good Christmas,” Allen said. “I’m hoping we reach last year’s $40,000-plus. There’s more coming in all the time. We’ll get there.”

Allen thanked all of the volunteers who help put the event together.

Having walked over 13 kilometres from Brooklyn, volunteer fire fighters arrive at the Christmas Angels telethon with nearly $3,500 in donations.

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