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City, RCRG unite to bring holiday cheer

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:26 PDT, Tue October 22, 2019

The City of Richmond and Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives are partnering to offer their holiday season supports to individuals and families. With the City's Supporting Richmond Working Families Fund and Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives' (RCRG) Christmas Fund joining forces, each can serve the community in the best manner possible, resulting in more Richmond residents being able to celebrate this holiday season.

The city's fund was established over 25 years ago to assist working families with children that may not be able to afford the 'extras' associated with the holiday season. Each year, city and community partner employees voluntarily fundraise to support local families.

Similarly, since 1932, RCRG's Christmas Fund has supported low-income individuals and families in Richmond who do not have the financial means to celebrate the holidays.

The new partnership provides an opportunity for the city and community partner employees to show their holiday spirit by fundraising and volunteering to support an increased number of community members. This is because the RCRG Christmas Fund supports seniors and individuals as well as families.

"Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives is an important partner in the community," says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. "Merging the City's Supporting Richmond Working Families Fund and RCRG's Christmas Fund will enhance and strengthen the supports available to community members during the holiday season and continue to make Richmond a more inclusive and caring community."

"The Richmond Christmas Fund mobilizes our community's spirit of giving so that our neighbours in need can share in the holiday spirit," says Ed Gavsie, President and CEO of RCRG. "The City of Richmond has always supported our work, and we're delighted at the opportunity to expand our partnership. By combining our efforts, we'll be able to help more people experience the magic of a holiday celebration."

For more information about how to participate or donate to the RCRG Christmas Fund, please visit www.rcrg.org/WhatWeDo/RCRGPrograms/richmond-christmas-fund


About Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) is a registered charity that serves as a hub for volunteering and giving. The organization is also a direct service provider, operating a Child Care Resource and Referral Centre, the Richmond Christmas Fund and a variety of Seniors Community Support Services.

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