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Christmas can be the loneliest place on Earth.

Especially if you’re a teen in a less-than-privileged family.

Chances are it’s a single-parent home, one parent raising two or three children on less on a minimal income.

Chances are the kid will get new socks and underwear for Christmas - that’s all the mom or the dad or the guardian grandmother can possibly afford.

That’s why the Edmonton Sun’s Adopt-A-Teen Christmas Gift program for under-privileged teens was created 14 years ago: To give these teens a Christmas gift. With your help, Adopt-A-Teen will make Christmas 2013 a much happier place for the 8,000 Edmonton teens - 10% of the total teen population - who live in families eligible for Christmas Bureau or Salvation Army assistance.

Each child - for that is what these teenagers are - will received an Adopt-A-Teen $50 Walmart gift card. It’s all theirs, to spend as they want - on themselves, their friends, to buy Christmas gifts for their brothers and sisters.

During the December 8 to 24 campaign, we ask for donations to cover the cost of the WalMart gift cards. Donations can be made on this website, www.AdoptATeenEdmonton.ca.  Just click on the Donate button below.

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Fifty dollars takes care of one teen, $100 for two, and so on.  Adopt-A-Teen is an all-volunteer effort spearheaded by the Edmonton Sun and assisted by the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Overhead is minimal.

Please tell your friends about Adopt-A-Teen. Ask them to add one or two less-lucky teens to their Christmas gift list, and, between December 8 and 24, to make a donation on this website.

If you know of a family with teens needing a gift, please have the parent or guardian call the Christmas Bureau during office hours at 780 414 7695.

Thank you.

Merry Christmas!

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