Share the Joy of Christmas 2022
Every year St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church has a Share the Joy of Christmas campaign with the goal of making
the holiday season brighter for those who have difficulty making ends meet in our community.
In 2021, we decided to fund Christmas hampers for needy persons in Greater Victoria. The local charity, Mustard Seed Street Church, using its contacts with local food distributors, puts hampers together, that will feed a family of 4. Each hamper, full of a variety of food, including a turkey or grocery gift card, fresh produce, milk, eggs, bakery items, treats, and cereal, also contains a few special gifts for each child in the family that receives the basket. Adults are blessed with a few goodies like warm stockings, chocolates and a new toque along with the food. This way we try to touch each person’s heart with the joy, peace and hope of the season.
The Mission and Outreach Committee wants to encourage all the members and adherents of St. Andrew’s to consider donating money to the Share the Joy of Christmas fundraiser. The need has never been greater.
Our goal this year is to fund 15 food hampers. Each hamper costs $170, up from $147 last year. The increased cost of food and gasoline is responsible for the change in price. With the end of pandemic related income supports like CERB and the rapid rate of inflation, many persons and families in Greater Victoria are scrambling to put food on their tables. Please remember those in this situation when you make your plans for Christmas donations this year.
There are many ways that you can donate money to Share the Joy: Click the Donate tab at the top of the page or here. There are instructions there to help you donate by various ways such as an e-transfer, church envelopes, by credit card or sending a cheque by mail. Indicate that your donation is for Share the Joy of Christmas 2022.