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We are into Day 9 of Adopt-A-Teen’s annual two-week Christmas campaign.

The goal, by Saturday, December 23, is to have raised enough funds to have provided every teen in Edmonton living in a less-than-privileged home with a Christmas gift, a $50 Walmart gift card.

The  good news is Edmontonians have once again shown their deep compassion for the teens in our city whose families cannot afford to buy their kids a Christmas gift at Christmas.  As of late afternoon on Monday, December 18, enough donations have been received to take care of about 2,300 teens aged 13 to 17.

The scary news is we still have 5,500 teens to take care of.   That’s right, there are a total of  7,800 teens in our city - about 10% of the total teen population -  who won’t get a Christmas gift this year without our help. 

If you can make room on your shopping list for a teen or two in need,  please consider making a donation at www.adoptateenedmonton.ca  or by calling  780-414-7694.  

Fifty dollars takes care of one teen, $100 for two and so on.  Any size of donation is most gratefully appreciated.   Cheques can be made out to Adopt-A-Teen  and mailed to Adopt-A-Teen, Box 16000, Edmonton, AB T5J 4B4  or dropped off during office hours to the Christmas Bureau office, #200, 4230 118 Ave. (above the Servus Credit Union)

For 18 years,  since Adopt-A-Teen began as the Edmonton Sun’s major Christmas season charity, Edmonton has never failed to make sure every teen in the city has had a gift at Christmas.

Thank you for thinking of the teens at Christmas. Too often they are simply forgotten during what should be the most festive time of the year. 

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