We’re in the midst of the season for giving but two high-profile organizations are struggling with their annual fundraisers.
Donations to the United Way campaign are slow and Vernon’s Salvation Army has some ways to go before reaching its target.
So far, the Salvation Army has raised $263,514, or 51 per cent of the $513,769 required for 2016.
“The need is real and at our doorstep. People are depending on us to assist them and we are reaching out to the community of Vernon to fund the community food bank,” said Capt. Jean-Curtis Plante.
The United Way has raised $111,500 towards its $250,000 goal, with the Dec. 31 deadline drawing near.
The funds raised by United Way assist 32 social service programs in the region.
Obviously there are many worthwhile charities in the North Okanagan and they are all looking to residents for support. The other reality is that financial challenges continue to persist for many families and businesses, and there may not be a lot of surplus cash to donate.
However, we must all remember that while we are individuals and family units, we are part of something greater — a community.
Our friends, co-workers and neighbours need help, whether it’s to put food on the table or access to vital social services. There may be times when we, ourselves, have to walk through the doors of those agencies.
Whether it’s a couple of dollars or a bag of non-perishable food items, that support and compassion can go a long way.
We urge all of you to consider the needs of the broader community and to do what you can for the United Way and food banks throughout the North Okanagan.