This is the time of the year I do my charitable donations. Not because of any seasonal sentiment, but because it's only at the end of the year that a freelancer knows how much she can afford.
So I was doing that and thinking about all the cuts that have been made and will be made by various levels of nasty governments, necessitating more of us ponying up more to try to mitigate the harm done to the most vulnerable here and elsewhere in the world.
Then I heard that CBC Radio had held its annual day-long Sounds of the Season fundraiser for local food banks yesterday. It was announced that a record $230,000 in cash and around 15,000 pounds of food have been donated so far. (The campaign runs to the end of the month. You can donate here.)
Good. Might help ease the sting of the Grinchy cut to the city's Christmas Bureau.
Here's what the our measly $125,000 DID.
Since 1956, the Christmas Bureau has coordinated the distribution of gifts and donations to thousands of children and their families in Toronto annually. Employment and Social Services is proud to partner with Toronto Fire Services, CHUM Christmas Wish and the Toronto Star to make this possible.
The Christmas Bureau:
• Co-ordinates the distribution of Toronto Star Gift Boxes to children 12 years of age or younger whose families are receiving social assistance.
• Provides a referral and information service to people receiving social assistance and low income families living in Toronto.
• Connects individual and corporate donors to appropriate agencies.
• Co-ordinates the distribution of gifts to community agencies to give out to low income families. To do this, the Christmas Bureau works closely with CHUM Christmas Wish and the Toronto Fire Services.
Yabbut, yabbut, compassionate conservatives don't loathe poor people; they just think that private charity should do all that kinder, gentler stuff.
I looked around for local charitable efforts, especially sponsored by media outlets because, you know, that's a great way to get the word out, viz CBC.
The Toronto Star is running its annual Santa Claus fund with a goal this year of $1.6 million (almost $1.3 million raised as of now).
The local CTV station does 'Toy Mountain' every year.
I had a quick look but couldn't find anything from Global TV.
Then I went looking for what the Toronto Sun might be doing. On its home page, it's got a link to Variety Village, but it goes directly to that organization's home page. Seemingly no promotion other than a link. (They are promoting the
Molson Coors Drink Responsible [sic] Contest though.)
Looked some more and found this.
So I’m sitting here getting depressed reading how Canadians are giving less and less to charity.
Donations are at a 30-year low, says Statistics Canada.
It’s the economy, right? Or we’re too busy. We gave last year. We’re taking the kids to Disney World. Granny needs new teeth. The cat just had kittens. The locusts ate our crops. The tornado...
Myriad reasons, all good. But it’s worrisome, since 80% of charity comes from you and me, not big corporations.
So I’m down in the dumps — as I get set to launch my 2011 Christmas Fund for Variety Village.
Oh. The Christmas Fund for Variety Village is the work, not of the Sun Empire, but one columnist. Gracious of them to let him use valuable corporate assets to do it, doncha think?
Now you're wondering what
Zip. That I could find.
But Big City Lib has the Xmas message the corp has for its staff. Wage freeze for 2012.
No compassionate conservatism from those lying vultures, it seems.
But here's a heartwarming antidote. Mysterious donors pay off Kmart layaway accounts.
Of course I sit ready to be corrected if someone has news of any effort by FNN.
h/t for the Kmart story to godammitkitty.