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One Last Word on the 2022 Richmond Christmas Fund

Published January 18, 2023

It's January. The holidays are behind us. Everyone's looking ahead to a new year. And we'll be right there with you, but first, we need to officially wrap up the 2022 edition of the Richmond Christmas Fund.

We've spent the past weeks preparing the program's annual Year in Review. The document, which is now available online, is our attempt to create a narrative around the Christmas Fund season, while it's still fresh in our mind.

This past year, of course, was special, because it marked the Christmas Fund's 90th anniversary. How do you capture nine decades of history in just two pages? Well, you can't, and we didn't try.

We focused only on the 2022 holiday season. How we helped 2,835 of our neighbours in need. How that was made possible by 80 volunteers who contributed 1,288 hours. And how 410 donors supported the program, along with countless community members who collected toys.

In sharing the story of the most recent Christmas Fund season, we realized we were telling the story of every Christmas Fund season.

That's not to say the program hasn't changed over the years. The Christmas Fund has grown and evolved alongside the Richmond community. Who knows what shape it will take in the future?

But each and every holiday season, the main thread of the story remains the same. Our community rallies around a program that has existed for nearly a century. There's an outpouring of generosity, measured in dollars, toys, and time. From these many acts of kindness, the Christmas Fund comes into being, and helps to ensure that everyone can share in the holiday spirit.

That same story has been told for 90 years, and to us, it never gets old.

It's a credit to our community that time hasn't dimmed the magic of the Christmas Fund. So we'll end simply by saying thank you - to every volunteer, donor, and supporter - for keeping the magic alive.