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WINDSOR – Hants County Christmas Angels organizers are hoping for another record year for donations.

The long-running fundraiser, which supports local children and families in need, will be broadcast on Eastlink TV, and can be viewed live from the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre.

Donations are already coming in from the main website and from local business partners.

Lloyd Smith is setting aside his tricorn hat as Windsor’s town crier to be Christmas Angel’s honourary chair.

“The number of people that require the assistance now, it gets bigger every year,” Smith said. “It is by far the largest community fundraising effort in the history of West Hants.”

Smith has been a long-term contributor to the fundraiser, helping to get it off the ground in the 1970s.

“There are more folks in need than ever,” he said. “This helps everybody in the community. When you think about those who support the program and the recipients, that’s where the key is.”

Smith said Hants County has been hit by a sluggish economy in recent years, creating more need for support.

Funds raised support families who need extra help over the holidays to purchase presents for children and year-round with clothing and food.

One of the reasons for the telethon’s success, Smith said, is that it helps people in Hants County. The money that is donated here, stays here.

“This is not just an effort by one organization, this is a total community effort,” Smith said. “Almost every year, 100 per cent of the contributions and donations were honoured.”

Smith said local businesses, community groups and churches have rallied around Christmas Angels.

Sandra Salter is the co-ordinator for Christmas Angels this year and she’s hard at it making sure everything is in place for Dec. 6.

“It helps a lot of families receiving income assistance, but it also helps (the) working poor families who are working really hard,” Salter said. “A parent may have lost their job, or someone is sick and that’s where we’re coming in, filling those gaps.”

Salter said they served 550 children from the area last year, including 250 families.

They’re hoping to assist the same number, if not more, this year.

“The telethon day itself is a mesh of local talent and children coming together to collaborate,” she said. “When I go out to ask local bands to perform, it’s a no-brainer for people. That’s a great thing about this community.”

Salter said the event has raised more than $1 million since it began. Last year, it took in just under $30,000.

 

Did you know?

• The Hants County Christmas Angels telethon takes place Dec. 6 from noon until 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on Eastlink TV’s Community Access channel.

• Tree of Hope tags are being sold at several local businesses in the region.

• People can also sponsor specific families that need extra help.

• Donations can be made any time at: www.christmasangels.ca.

 

 

The long-running fundraiser, which supports local children and families in need, will be broadcast on Eastlink TV, and can be viewed live from the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre.

Donations are already coming in from the main website and from local business partners.

Lloyd Smith is setting aside his tricorn hat as Windsor’s town crier to be Christmas Angel’s honourary chair.

“The number of people that require the assistance now, it gets bigger every year,” Smith said. “It is by far the largest community fundraising effort in the history of West Hants.”

Smith has been a long-term contributor to the fundraiser, helping to get it off the ground in the 1970s.

“There are more folks in need than ever,” he said. “This helps everybody in the community. When you think about those who support the program and the recipients, that’s where the key is.”

Smith said Hants County has been hit by a sluggish economy in recent years, creating more need for support.

Funds raised support families who need extra help over the holidays to purchase presents for children and year-round with clothing and food.

One of the reasons for the telethon’s success, Smith said, is that it helps people in Hants County. The money that is donated here, stays here.

“This is not just an effort by one organization, this is a total community effort,” Smith said. “Almost every year, 100 per cent of the contributions and donations were honoured.”

Smith said local businesses, community groups and churches have rallied around Christmas Angels.

Sandra Salter is the co-ordinator for Christmas Angels this year and she’s hard at it making sure everything is in place for Dec. 6.

“It helps a lot of families receiving income assistance, but it also helps (the) working poor families who are working really hard,” Salter said. “A parent may have lost their job, or someone is sick and that’s where we’re coming in, filling those gaps.”

Salter said they served 550 children from the area last year, including 250 families.

They’re hoping to assist the same number, if not more, this year.

“The telethon day itself is a mesh of local talent and children coming together to collaborate,” she said. “When I go out to ask local bands to perform, it’s a no-brainer for people. That’s a great thing about this community.”

Salter said the event has raised more than $1 million since it began. Last year, it took in just under $30,000.

 

Did you know?

• The Hants County Christmas Angels telethon takes place Dec. 6 from noon until 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on Eastlink TV’s Community Access channel.

• Tree of Hope tags are being sold at several local businesses in the region.

• People can also sponsor specific families that need extra help.

• Donations can be made any time at: www.christmasangels.ca.

 

 

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