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A Year to Forget, A Holiday Season to Remember

Published January 21, 2021

Yes, it's January. Yes, the holiday season has come and gone. But here at RCRG, the Richmond Christmas Fund is still fresh on our minds.

One thing we do every year, to put an exclamation mark on the program, is create a document highlighting the Christmas Fund's impact, and the people who made it possible.

Well, some of the people. There simply isn't enough space to list every donor and every volunteer, but know that, if you supported the Christmas Fund in 2020 - by giving money, by giving toys, by giving time - you made a difference. There is a family in your community who directly benefitted from your generosity. For them, the holidays were brighter because of you.

The document is a large file, so it might take a second to download. In the meantime, here's a brief spoiler: in 2020, the Richmond Christmas Fund helped 2,866 of our neighbours in need, including 849 children, 319 youth, and 347 seniors.

Most importantly, we were able to run the program safely, following public health protocols every step of the way. Indeed, some of the changes we made led to new efficiencies, allowing us to create a better experience for our clients.
These changes will remain part of the Christmas Fund going forward - a legacy from a uniquely challenging year, when we had to get creative to keep the program going.
Of course, all the creativity in the world wouldn't have mattered if the community weren't there for us. But the support we received was simply remarkable. That's our other takeaway from 2020: Richmond, collectively and individually, really does care. And, in turn, Richmond gives. We see it every year with the Christmas Fund. We saw it more than ever in 2020.
So, one last time, thank you. Here's the story of your impact:

2020 Richmond Christmas Fund Year in Review