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Christmas Cheer Board Receiving 1,800 Donated Turkeys

Christmas Cheer Board Receiving 1,800 Donated Turkeys

Christmas Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen (SHANE GIBSON / FILE)

The Christmas Cheer Board is in for a special delivery on Friday.

CROWN Auto Group will be dropping off 1,800 turkeys through Granny’s Poultry to bolster the charity’s Christmas hampers program.

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Christmas Cheer Board Needs Volunteer Drivers

Christmas Cheer Board Needs Volunteer Drivers

Kai Madsen
Christmas Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen (DAVE BAXTER / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Christmas Cheer Board is in desperate need of volunteer drivers to deliver thousands of hampers city-wide.

The organization’s St. James warehouse is still full and the hampers need to be delivered by Christmas.

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Santa Bus on Winnipeg Streets Collecting Funds for Christmas Cheer Board

Santa Bus on Winnipeg Streets Collecting Funds for Christmas Cheer Board

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Santa Bus (CITY OF WINNIPEG)

Winnipeg’s Santa Bus is now on the streets, spreading holiday cheer one ride at a time.

From now until Saturday, December 24, all cash fares and donations collected on the Santa Bus will go directly to the Christmas Cheer Board.

Last year, $15,000 was raised aboard Bus #140, which is decorated in vinyl graphics of Santa and all of his reindeer.

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Tower of Toys Coming Together at The Forks

Tower of Toys Coming Together at The Forks

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(Christmas toys image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — New, unwrapped toys to create a “toppling tower” is this year’s goal at The Forks.

Winnipeggers are being invited to make a donation to the Tower of Toys in support of the Christmas Cheer Board.

“Over the past 15 years, The Forks Market Merchants’ Association has helped collected well over $150,000 in toys and cash for the Christmas Cheer Board,” said Joyce Gittins, chair of The Forks Market Tower of Toys campaign.

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Warm Weather Has Donations Down at the Christmas Cheer Board

Warm Weather Has Donations Down at the Christmas Cheer Board

By Dave Baxter (@davebbbaxter)

Kai Madsen
Christmas Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen says donations are down so far this year, and they are hoping for more donations of food, toys, and cash. (DAVE BAXTER / CHRISD.CA)

It may not feel like Christmas in Winnipeg because of the warm weather, but there is still a whole lot of need at the Christmas Cheer Board.

Donations are down at the Cheer Board so far this year, and executive director Kai Madsen believes a lack of ice, snow and cold temperatures is a big reason for that.

“We need that blast of white stuff,” said Madsen. “People are subconsciously feeling like this isn’t Christmas time, and it’s because it doesn’t feel like a normal winter.

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‘Tower for Toys’ Campaign Launches at The Forks

‘Tower for Toys’ Campaign Launches at The Forks

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(Christmas toys image via Shutterstock)

The annual Tower for Toys campaign kicks off today at The Forks, aiming to bring in thousands of donations for children this Christmas season.

“Over the past 15 years, The Forks Market Merchants’ Association has helped collected well over $150,000 in toys and cash for the Christmas Cheer Board,” said Joyce Gittins, chair of the campaign.

“We are overwhelmed with the response of Winnipeggers and their desire to help support others. It’s our hope that we can help make Christmas a little merrier for Winnipeg families.”

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Parking Tickets Voided in Exchange for Toy Donation

Parking MeterWINNIPEG — Parking scofflaws will have the chance to redeem themselves and help out a deserving family this year.

The Forks North Portage, which manages parking at Portage Place Shopping Centre, will be voiding parking tickets in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy donation.

“We wanted to do our part this holiday season and give back to our community,” said Darren Downey, general manager of FNP Parking. “By voiding a violation in exchange for a donation to the Christmas Cheer Board, we’re hoping to help some families in need.”

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Cheerful Buffet to Benefit Christmas Cheer Board

The ForksA Christmas buffet dinner at The Forks will help support the Christmas Cheer Board as it works to reach its $900,000 goal this season.

A Cheerful Buffet is being put on by The Forks Market Merchants’ Association and The Beachcomber restaurant on Sunday, December 7 from 3-7 p.m.

“This is our first time hosting a dinner like this,” said George Tsouras, owner of The Beachcomber. “For the past 14 years, The Forks tenants have been able to support the Christmas Cheer Board by collecting toys for the Tower of Toys, but this offers us a new opportunity to give during the holiday season. Not only that, but we are able to gather as a community and share a meal together. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holidays then this.”

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Christmas Cheer Board Donations Down as Holiday Nears

WINNIPEG — The Christmas Cheer Board is ramping up efforts to bring in toy and cash donations with only one month to go until Christmas.

Executive director Kai Madsen spoke at a media launch event Tuesday at the Canada Safeway store on Ness Avenue, saying donations are slower than in previous years.

“We need to really push this year,” Madsen said. “Things are a little slower than I’m accustomed to, and I’m getting a little concerned, so we need to make sure that we encourage people to fill the (hamper) bags.”

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