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This week's editorial

Editor Joan Ritchie's editorial from this week's issue of The Moose Jaw Express
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Every year about this time, supporting fundraisers and making donations to charities is all part of the Christmas season of giving.  

For all those that are able to give generously, there is a heartwarming satisfaction in being able to support endeavours such as the Salvation Army, the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Hospital and the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, to mention a few.  

Of course, not everyone has the means to be able to extend their generosity past meeting their immediate needs and these are some of the people that greatly appreciate a helping hand this time of the year.  

Charitable endeavours such as ‘Give the Gift of Christmas Cheer’ initiated by The Transition House hope to lighten the load and make the season brighter for women and children that are starting their lives over after abuse.  They are looking for donations of certain items, as well as any financial help individuals are able to provide at this time of the year.  All the particulars can be seen on page A3 of this week’s Moose Jaw Express.  

Wakamow Valley Authority is holding a very special fundraiser that will delight all ages.  Wakamow Valley Winter Wonderland Valley of Lights with over 80 trees decorated and 100,000 lights is available for viewing now through to December 31st in the campground down in Wakamow Valley.  Because this is a fundraiser, they will be asking individuals to donate $10 at the gate to drive through.  What a beautiful way to celebrate the season by enjoying a drive with the family or some friends through a lit forest!  Why not bring a cup of hot chocolate or coffee to enjoy during your magical outing.  

The Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Hospital just wrapped up for another year.  There were many extremely generous souls that got in on the lively bidding action in support.  Charles and Carolyn Vanden Broek – Murray GM generously bid $15,000 and again won the naming rights for the tree that will stand in the lobby of the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Hospital this Christmas season.  This year’s Festival of Trees fundraiser brought in a total of $94,000 for the hospital’s Health Foundation.    

In partnership again this year, CP Rail, the Moose Jaw Co-op and Golden West, are now holding their Good-Buy to Hunger Food Drive for our local Food Bank. The campaign continues to December 16th, selling Food Bags filled with essential items at the Moose Jaw Co-op Food Store.  Customers can donate $10 for one Food Bag or more for multiples bags to go to the Food Bank.    

And here’s hoping you remember to give generously to the Salvation Army when you pass by one of their kettles located throughout Moose Jaw at many retail outlets.  Every cent helps those in need throughout the year.  

As well, you can financially donate to the Salvation Army through the Stocking Fund by dropping by the Moose Jaw Express office located at 468 High Street. Every cent donated goes directly to the Salvation Army for their Kettle Campaign.   

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.