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September’s guest writer
Christine Hewitt has served as the Executive Director of CFAX Santas Anonymous since July 2010, overseeing all of the organization’s programs and fundraising activities.
Throughout the year, Christine works with a team of dedicated volunteers and board members to build the Society’s capacity while providing ongoing assistance to children and families living with poverty.
It’s been a busy year at Santas Anonymous, and with the 2016 Christmas Hamper program ramping up it’s about to get even busier!
This past summer, we welcomed two new board members, Trevor Lines and Chris Donnelly from BellMedia, and recognized long-time volunteer Lawrie Smith as an honorary board member. We were also very active with special events and fundraisers such as the Oak Bay Half Marathon, the Dobber Classic, and Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow.
Through our Special Grants program, we’re continuing to support youth-focused initiatives in Greater Victoria. Notably, we renewed a grant to support a healthy snack initiative at one of Victoria’s inner-city middle schools, which will help students living with poverty focus more on their work and less on hunger.
We’re also continuing to develop our Kidz helping Kids program, which provides children, youth and their families with opportunities to volunteer and fund-raise for Santas Anonymous. In 2015, Kidz helping Kids volunteers collected and distributed backpacks and supplies for children returning to school. This year, the program is focused on collecting gifts appropriate for teenagers, which will go into our Christmas Hampers. We’re looking for schools, classes, and families to work together to make a difference, and we hope you’ll join us.
How do you get involved? It’s as simple as emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with our volunteer managers, Carole and Tammy.
I am grateful to live in this wonderful, giving community, full of people who understand that “a hand up” can truly change how a child looks at the world around them. Together, we’ve made magic in Greater Victoria, and we’ll continue to do so well into the future.
Email Christine for more information about our programs, to discuss how you can help this Christmas, or to a share a story of how CFAX Santas Anonymous Society made a difference in your life.